In this event, NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) music therapy for palliative and terminal care will be discussed based on experiences, reflections, and considerations from early clinical practice at Saitama Children’s Medical Center, Japan. The NICU/GCU (growing care unit) music therapy program started at the hospital in 2018. The program provides support for premature babies and their families, and the music therapist has involved in palliative and terminal care in several families since the program started. There are few articles and resources on music therapy for palliative and terminal care in NICU settings, despite its important work for babies, their families as well as medical professionals. It is essential to work in a collaboration with medical professionals.
Dr. Masaki Shimizu, the director of the department of neonatology, (and Mami Kotani (RN) from Saitama Children’s Medical Center, will join this discussion.
About Our Guest
Rieko Eguchi, MA, MT-BC, CCLS, (Grandparent of Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby) currently works as a music therapist in the unit of neonatology at Saitama Children’s Medical Center in Japan. She holds a M.A. in Music Therapy at Montclair State University, the U.S. She was an intern and research scholar and assisted with various research studies at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine in New York, September 2015 – February 2018. She also had a child life clinical internship at the center. Her clinical experiences are various including NICU, pediatrics, outpatient radiation oncology, and palliative care. She has a several publications related in NICU music therapy in Japanese medical journals. She is a member of Japanese Association for Promotion of Medical Music Therapy.
This event will be hosted by Mark Ettenberger, PhD, MT, member of Music and Medicine’s Editorial Board.
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