On their small head, the newborn get earphones stereo and their little hands are moving at the music rhythm. At the Kosice-Saca Hospital, in the East of Slovakia, the newborn listen to Mozart since the first hours of their life.
The objective is not to create a generation of genious musicians but to stimulate the mental and physical functions of the babies thanks to the benefits of the musicotherapy.
“The childbirth is a very difficult process and represents for each baby a tremendous stress”, explains to the AFP Miss Slavka Viragova, chief consultant, of the Kosice-Saca Hospital maternity, who has set up this project.
” In the womb of his mother, the child listens to the heart beating of his mother that represents for him a source of protection and positive feelings. In order that the baby reminds his mother during the period that follows immediately the childbirth when he is not with her, we made him listen to music”, she says.
In a room with walls and windows decorated with animal drawings issued from fairy tales, about ten newborn in swaddling clothes are put in small beds, one at the side of the other, in two lines. They listen to the music and sleep quietly.
From time to time, they open their eyes, move, yawn and grin sardonically.
Next room, another one with “incubators” for premature children birth or with health disorders. They also listen to the music.
” We have noted that a well-chosen musicotherapy helps to the organs’ decongestion among premature baby birth and so to a stabilization of their breathing. Generally speaking, the musicotherapy helps the baby to increase his weight, to rid himself of the stress of the birth and to bear better the pain”.