New research says music therapy can help babies in the NICU go home sooner.
Pioneers at Florida State University and their music therapy program have been researching the positive effects of music in NICUs for over 20 years. Jayne Standley is the director of the program and even helped the FDA invent the Pacifier Activated Lullaby to incentivize feeding.
They have found that the music can help to create a sound buffer for the machines and the noises they make. Additionally, music and music therapy helps create stimulation for their neurological system as it continues to develop and destress the baby.
All of these benefits can help the babies leave the NICU up to two weeks earlier!