The Sounds of Love

Their ears can be smaller than your fingernail. But even the tiniest premature babies relax to the sound of music and their parent’s voices.

The “Sounds of Love” program at Nationwide Children’s allow parents to make recordings for their sick and premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Reading stories, singing lullabies or just baby talk – it’s music to every newborn’s ears. The babies listen through tiny pillow speakers set at just the right level for their fragile hearing.

This brilliant idea was the brainchild of our Neonatal team working with parents and our music therapists.

The Sounds of Love program has extra meaning for mom Cassidy Miller and her baby Hunter who has been in our NICU for more than 4 months. Hunter’s dad is deployed in the military and away from home but he can still send recordings of his voice. Cassidy tells us how positively Hunter reacts and relaxes to the sound of his daddy’s voice.

Just one more way the “little things” really do matter at Nationwide Children’s.



Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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