Washington—Music played in the neonatal intensive care unit gives premature infants a better chance at life. Recorded lullaby music in the infant's isolette or, even better, a mother's gentle crooning and massaging, improves oxygen saturation levels, increases weight gain, and shortens the duration of hospital stay.
These physiological benefits were reported here by Jayne M. Standley, PhD, director of the Center for Music Research at Florida State University in Tallahassee, at the Ninth World Congress of Music Therapy.
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