Music Therapy for Maternity

We offer music therapy services for expecting mothers and their families through the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy. Licensed, Board-Certified members of the music therapy team use a music psychotherapy approach to complement medical goals of care for parents, caregivers, and newborns. Clinical services in the Maternity unit currently include:

  • Bi-weekly groups for pregnant couples and new moms and dads—informing families about how music can be effectively used for bonding, transitions, motoric play, enhancement of crying/comfort sound, separations/sleep, feeding, enhancement of quiet-alert and sleep states
  • Creating bonding experiences for parents whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); providing womb sounds (placenta rhythm and heart rhythms) as well as parent lullaby tapes for babies
  • Daily individual music therapy services
  • Pre-operative Anxiety: live music relaxation to prepare patients for surgery, and accompanying patient to the operating room