Music for newborns

Suggestions for using music with newborns:

Babies prefer their mother’s or other close caregiver’s voice over others. Babies recognize and respond to mom’s voice more quickly than voices of strangers. Lullabies are the best type of music to help babies rest. All cultures have their own lullabies. Lullabies are simple—one or two voices or instruments, volume is soft and steady, speed is slow. Heart rate and breathing can slow down while listening to slow music—for babies and moms! Live singing is more effective than a recording—baby can feel your calm breathing, you can make eye contact, & you can change the music based on baby’s needs. If you are not comfortable singing with your baby just yet, talking and reading to baby is just as important—baby just needs to hear your voice! Try this: Take a relaxing breath for yourself. During waking hours, hold your baby skin to skin if possible – baby benefits from this closeness and can feel your breathing and loving care. Sing a favorite lullaby. Your baby won’t mind if you don’t know all the words.  You can even try singing about what you’re doing as you go throughout the day. Humming without words can be really helpful for helping a baby stay calm and go to sleep, too. Humming is more simple, and simple is calming. Remember, babies love to be rocked or swayed to the beat of the music! For a link to lyrics to common lullabies and a link to listen and learn them, click here For a link to lyrics to some lullabies as well as play songs for older babies, click here  Source: Liesel Stephens, MT-BC, Children’s Mercy Hospital  

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Children's Mercy Connection

Courtesy: Children’s Mercy

Preparing For The Unexpected: Our Children’s Mercy Connection

Truman Medical Centers and Children’s Mercy have a special connection.  At both our Health Sciences District downtown campus and our Lakewood facility, Children’s Mercy neonatologists and neonatal staff are onsite if a baby is born with a critical medical condition.  TMC’s HSD Birthplace also provides care to mothers who deliver at Children’s Mercy Hospital if those mothers develop a critical medical condition.  While our Bridge of Hope physically connects the two buildings, it also represents the seamless partnership between the two facilities, creating unparalleled access and care when every minute matters. Babies born at TMC’s HSD Birthplace are, if needed, just steps away from Children’s Mercy’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the only Level IV NICU in the region and rated among the Best in the Nation by US News and World Report. TMC Health Sciences District Birthplace also has a Level III NICU that is staffed by Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.  TMC Lakewood Family Birthplace has a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  The NICU includes Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) neonatologists and neonatal staff.  Families who deliver with Truman Medical Centers have peace of mind knowing they will be cared for by compassionate, experienced TMC specialists and Children’s Mercy providers. 

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Mom Groups, Education and Childbirth Classes

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Classes for New and Expecting Parents

Childbirth Classes

Lakewood Family Birthplace7900 Lee’s Summit RoadKansas City, MO 64139816-404-7000

First 3 Tuesdays of each month 10 am to noon or 7pm to 9pm Series of 3 classes:

Pregnancy: Anatomy Nutrition Warning Signs in Pregnancy Signs of Labor Pain Control Relaxation Techniques Packing for Hospital

Labor and Delivery Birth Plans Labor Positions/Pushing Stages of Labor/Vaginal Delivery Induction vs. Augmentation of Labor Monitoring Baby Birth Interventions

Post Partum: Cesarean Delivery Mommy Care Baby Care Tour

Newborn Classes

Lakewood Family Birthplace7900 Lee’s Summit RoadKansas City, MO 64139816-404-7000

4th Tuesday of each month 10am to 2pm Weekend options may be available monthly Course Topics Newborn Care Newborn Screening Vaccines How to Soothe Baby Safe Sleep Post Partum Depression Home Safety Car Seat Safety CPR and Choking

Baby Cafe

Health Sciences District2301 HolmesKansas City, MO 64108816-404-0474

Tuesdays 1:00-2:30pm Baby Cafe is a breastfeeding support meeting for new mothers to attend after delivery. Registration is required for childbirth classes. Register at least 48 hours prior to class. Lactation Services offer free, one-on-one, prenatal breastfeeding education.

Terrific Moms Club

Lakewood Family Birthplace7900 Lee’s Summit RoadKansas City, MO 64139816-404-7000

Every Thursday of each month 12:30pm to 2pm Provides free support and guidance for breastfeeding and baby care with mothers that are experiencing similar issues.

Breastfeeding Basics

Lakewood Family Birthplace7900 Lee’s Summit RoadKansas City, MO 64139816-404-7000

Second Thursday of each month 11am Fourth Tuesday of each month 7pm  Course Topics You will learn from a certified breastfeeding instructor about the benefits of breastfeeding and what to expect during baby’s first days.

Women’s Wellness

Health Sciences District2301 HolmesKansas City, MO 64108816-404-0474

Every Monday of each month 2:30-4pm

Diabetes Education

Health Sciences District2301 HolmesKansas City, MO 64108816-404-0474

Every Tuesday of each month 9-11 am

Safe Sleep/SIDS

Health Sciences District2301 HolmesKansas City, MO 64108816-404-0474

Third Wednesday of each month 2-3:30 pm

En Espanol Childbirth Class

Health Sciences District2301 HolmesKansas City, MO 64108816-404-0474

Every Thursday of each month, except first Thursday 1-3pm

Diabetes Education En Espanol

Health Sciences District2301 HolmesKansas City, MO 64108816-404-0474

Every Friday of each month 1-3 am

Lakewood Class Calendar

HEALTH SCIENCES DISTRICT CLASS CALENDAR

TMC Birthplace Classes Google Calendar

Health Sciences District

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