Important information for the application of "The breath of a new life"
Due to a number of inquiries we have established a short description for the use and application
of the CD "Breath of a new life".
The most important recommendations from our side are the following:
Important: The volume of the music should be played LOW: In the incubator or at home the intensity of the music must be regulated to a very low sound. (the intensity of sound in our installation Espero can not be regulated, since it is programmed)
If you work without our installation it would be very important to listen to the CD for 5 minutes so that you develop the right feeling for the sound intensity. It may not be forgotten that the ears of a newborn baby react sensitively to all noises. For this reason the music must be played in a way that adults can hardly hear.
The structure of the music is constructed in that way that in the beginning only natural sounds are to be heard, who later supply the background for musical sounds.
After 1:50 minutes the vocals start. Here is the point where the adult must determine if the sound of the music is soft enough.
Only from this point the music must be perceptible to yourself.
This means that if you enter the room you can not hear any music, only if you bring your head near the baby you are capable of hearing it.
Music installation and distance to the baby:
You should acquire a Mini Stereo installation (costs of 100-150 Euro). An investment will be profitable even later. One should pay attention that the loudspeakers are installed in the incubator (or later at home) on the right and left side of the baby´s head away at 20-30 cm. Cassette recorders are not recommendable, because the source of music is acting on the baby only from one side. This is when the baby often turns his head towards the source of music and could influence in a disturbing way the initial development of the balancing organs.
Time of play:
The music plays for 41 minutes: The composition is a musical unity, which is build up so that certain determined musical parts repeat.
On 70-75% of the children an immediate result is showing. After 15 minutes these amazing changes are still measurable: The values of the peripherial temperature have improved (i.e. hands and feet become warm).
Precisely these values change again, so that after 40 minutes the peripheral values approach the central. For this reason the musical piece must be played without interruption as a unity.
Our experiences have shown all values remain stable for more or less 1 hour after the time of play. This is why the music should be played 4 times a day with longer interruption. Best results are obtained during the time of rest (not during care of the baby, but for example immediately after).
If your baby is very agitated one can repeat the play of the music once or twice times more.
Our experiences have show that the children feel pleasant towards the music. The hearing of the music before midnight (eventually the sound should be reduced even more) brings a peaceful sleep.
At the hospital
There are a lot of doctors and therapeutics in hospitals for Neonatology who works already with music. Many of them are open for it.
If this is not the case you have to ask the permission from your doctor. When our son was operated I obtained the permission for the use of music if I would not place the loudspeakers in the little bed. I found the solution by placing the stereo-CD-player under the little bed at the heights of the head. In this case the sound was a little higher.
It would be ideal if you had the possibility to play the music as described above. If you have not acquired a stereo installation it is not a problem, because only bigger and stronger infants may come home. In this case you play the music with a portable stereo installation, which must not be anymore absolutely in proximity of the infant, 2-3 m are enough. The sound of the music should be reduced in such a way that you can hardly perceive the music when you enter the room. If you still work with the monitor you can observe the reaction of your infant to the music.
In which cases the music has achieved services
It is clear that best results of all values (heart, lungs and oxygen) are visible and obtained when the infant is visited by his parents, is in his mothers or fathers arm or is touched and stroked by his parents in the incubator. If you had to leave the hospital for a certain time you could reduce the baby's stress by playing the music. The biggest stress the baby feels most during his care (washing, change nappies, during massage). We have observed that even during the "big care", which lasts 20 minutes, the stress is also reduced.
With more adult children the hearing of the music must be reduced. The music is played before the siesta and evenings before going to bed, later, when the baby is older even only at night time. Also if the child is sick the music is showing a pleasant effect. If your child goes through a period of stress and you realize that your child is nervous and agitated, you can play the music once or twice in the evening before going to bed and the night will be calmer.
Adults who wanted to experiment with this music listened to it before going to bed. They have told us about effects with a profound relaxation and a calm night.
We think that even for you, parents of prematurely born infants, who are stressed this music can help you. Listening to the music we recommend you to lie on your back, hands and feet relaxed and simply let yourself go with the music