The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s were delighted to recently be joined by professional singer and ukulele player, Emma Stevens, for Lullaby Hour. Lullaby Hour is an award winning project created by the Music in Hospitals & Care charity that brings calming music into hospital wards to help aid sleep and recovery for babies. Emma sang to some of the parents and babies in NICU, and played some gentle and soothing music on her Ukulele which created a relaxing and calm environment for parents as they held their babies.
Phoebe Gorry, Concerts Coordinator at Music in Hospitals & Care says; “Our live music sessions are delivered by professional musicians and are designed to humanise clinical settings, to reach and connect people, to encourage communication and meaningful interactions and to elicit emotions and memories when it matters most.”
Jo Willard, NICU Family Support Coordinator at St. Peter’s Hospital supports the project and says; “We received such wonderful feedback from both staff and parents who all thoroughly enjoyed the session. The Lullaby Hour created such a beautiful memory for all the parents involved to treasure and provided a distraction to the neonatal environment.”
This exciting series of Lullaby Hour sessions is one of many proposed activities that will form part of the ‘healing arts’ initiative to enhance the therapeutic environment across Trust sites, helping to achieve our vision of providing an outstanding experience and the best possible outcomes for patients and the team.
Pictured above: Professional singer and ukulele player, Emma Stevens plays for baby and Mum, Jo Gee.