• «Art and music touch places in the young patients where no injection can reach.»
    Petula Clark, singer, songwriter and patron of the Fondation ART-THERAPIE

  • «Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can't.»
    Johnny Depp

  • «Music can build bridges where the spoken language cannot.»
    Valeri Gergiev, conductor and opera company director, patron oft he Fondation ART-THERAPIE

  • «In a peripheral hospital, paediatrics is like a safe harbour»
    Dr. Valdo Pezzoli, head physician at the paediatrics department in the regional hospital of Lugano

  • «Art- and music therapy allow the patient to become immerged in another world.»
    C.B., art-therapist at University Children’s Hospital Zurich

  • «It is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.»
    D. W. Winnicott, English paediatrician and psychoanalyst

Universitätsklinik für Kinderheilkunde, Inselspital, Bern

Music therapy at the neonatology ward
premature birth, adaptation dysfunctions, congenital malformations

Premature babies are a growing patient group. Children are often hospitalised in the neonatology intensive care ward for up to four months, exposing them to many stimuli such as random noise. They miss the familiar sounds from the womb that give them security and contribute to (brain) development.

Since 2013, creative music therapy has provided premature babies and sick new-borns in Bern with positive, individually fine-tuned, calming hearing and sensory experiences. Parents are encouraged to create a relationship with their child as well by vocal attention. Two music therapists offer this innovative therapy to families.

Dr. Jane McDougall, stv. Abteilungsleiterin Neonatologie
Tamara Ziegler, Musiktherapeutin BA, Musikpädagogin MA, Musiktherapeutin für Frühgeborene