Parents bond with newborns over music in new scheme
A PIONEERING musical project to help parents bond with their newborn babies has started at an East End hospital.
The scheme, at The Royal London in Whitechapel is designed to encourage new parents to play music to their baby as medical research shows this can strengthen the ties between parent and child and can even help with sleep and feeding patterns.
Christine Wood, baby-friendly co-ordinator at the hospital, said: “Many new mothers lack confidence when it comes to soothing and calming their own baby, so helping them to realise thay can do so by singing is a real morale booster.”
In the hours following birth, mums are visited by musicians, who compose a unique, personal lullaby for their new arrival.
Each family is then given a CD and songbook to continue the lullabies at home.
The pilot scheme is now being extended to infants up to the age of three who are being treated for long-term conditions at The Royal London Children’s Hospital.
- 1 Traffic slow moving in Limehouse and Poplar due to burst water main
- 2 Items from Lidl and Sainsbury's recalled over health and safety concerns
- 3 Single van racks up £36k of fines in Tower Hamlets
- 4 Man jailed for rape after attacking woman walking back from Canning Town
- 5 Possible travel disruptions for central London this week
- 6 County lines drug dealer jailed
- 7 Liveable Streets: Councillors remove some Brick Lane closures after 'backlash'
- 8 The gift of giving: Where to donate food across east London this Christmas
- 9 Housing association apologises after sewage leaks at Isle of Dogs tower blocks
- 10 Trio accused of Bow Lock murder were 'associates' of victim 'Aqil' Mahdi