Faiy An. Evaggelou & Lelouda Stamou

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The presentation aims at presenting research findings on the importance of music therapy interventions in family centered prenatal care for preterm infants hospitalized in a Greek NICU. Research findings on the effects of music interventions on the infants’ vital bio-physiological functions and the emotional and behavioral benefits for both babies and their caregivers (mothers) will be analytically presented, from the first known and published research, in Greece. The effects of the use of music on the bonding process between infant and parent during this difficult period for both parts, will also be discussed. The presentation ultimately aims at presenting the current situation in NICUs in Greece and underlining the importance of including music therapy among the interventions already taking place in NICU environments and of adapting a family-centered approach for achieving benefits both for the hospitalized infant and his/her parents.

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