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Maternal Voice Reduces Pain in Preemies

A University of Geneva led study in association with an Italian hospital has shown that maternal voice reduces signs of pain in premature babies when they undergo life saving medical interventions. Preemies who need to undergo medical interventions can't be given painkillers due to long term side effects on neurological development. Studies show that the presence of a father or mother has a real calming effect on the child, particularly through the emotional modulations of the voice. In a study of 20 preemies it was observed that the Preterm Infant Pain Profile (PIPP) decreased from 4.5 to 3 when mother was present and talked to the baby. Oxytocin or attachment hormone levels in the baby also showed significant gains.