Maternal singing calms preemies and their mothers: study

August 14, 2014 9:45 PM

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For preemies, the combination of hearing mother’s voice softly singing while being held against her skin can have a number of health benefits - and it helps moms, too, a new study suggests.

When mothers in a neonatal intensive care unit sang while holding their preterm infants in a skin-to-skin “kangaroo care” position, the babies’ heart rate improved compared to when they were held without singing. Mothers’ anxiety levels dropped as well.

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