ou’ve probably heard it said at least once: “Music soothes the soul.” These couldn’t be truer words for the music therapists of the Canadian Association for Music. Each and every day, they watch power of music work for some of the sickest kids in the country. For the families they help, the music is a gift that brings them healing, or helps their children connect with the world around them.
One Minneapolis mother had her trust shattered after hospital staff placed her baby into the wrong bassinet in the nursery, after which he was delivered to the wrong mother and breastfed. Because of the mix-up, Tammy Van Dyke’s little boy, Cody, will need to undergo a year of medical testing for HIV and hepatitis.
Pulse: check. Breath rate: check. Temperature: check. Neighborhood information? Yes, it does sound crazy, but it just may happen soon: the neighborhood in which a child lives may soon serve as a vital sign. The potential value of this information has just been uncovered in a recent study conducted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
We often take for granted that the people we need the most will be there exactly when they’re needed. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in the UK where midwives are concerned.