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About the Maternity Unit
The Maternity unit at Mount Sinai Beth Israel provides the highest quality of care, whether routine or complex, for expectant couples in a supportive and state-of-the-art environment. The multidisciplinary staff works with patients and families to develop a personalized plan of care. Facilities at Beth Israel for newborns include newborn nurseries and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, while offering treatment for expectant mothers with uncomplicated, as well as at-risk, pregnancies.

Music Therapy and Maternity
Music therapy services are offered on maternity through the Louis and Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program. Expertly trained members of the music therapy team use a music psychotherapy approach to complement medical goals of care for parents, caregivers and newborns.Clinical services in the Maternity unit currently include:

  • Daily individual music therapy services
  • Pre-operative Anxiety: Live music relaxation to prepare patients for surgery, and accompanying patient to the operating room
  • Bi-weekly groups for pregnant couples and new moms and dads—informing families about how music can be effectively used for bonding, transitions, motoric play, enhancement of crying/comfort sound, separations/sleep, feeding, enhancement of quiet-alert and sleep states
  • Creating bonding experiences for parents whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); providing womb sounds (placenta rhythm and heart rhythms) as well as parent lullaby tapes for babies

Our program maintains the highest quality musical instruments from around the world, and our team is trained in multi-cultural music and a variety of music therapy techniques including: guided visualization, African drumming techniques, song writing, and song sensitation, with background training in piano, guitar, string and wind playing, and voice.

Related Research and Articles
For articles from peer-reviewed journals, research studies and authoritative literature, please see the bibliographies in the Suggested Reading section. Additional information is available through Websites listed on the Related Links page.

For Questions and Further Information
For questions and further information about music therapy or referrals for yourself, your loved ones or your patients, please call (212) 420-2704 or email info@musicandmedicine.org.

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