Lullabies Help NICU Babies Heal

(KING) A special program at the University of Washington Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit is helping heal premature babies while comforting parents.

Little Kassie Turner spent the first 53 days of her life in the NICU. Complications with the pregnancy threatened both Kassie and her mother’s life. She was born at 28 weeks and barely weighed 2 pounds.

“I didn’t know if I was going to have a choice to make. If it was my wife or my daughter,” says Shannon Turner, Kassie’s father

Shannon and his wife Danielle weren’t allowed to hold Kassie until a week after she was born.

Neurologic Music Therapist Gayle Cloud is helping the family soften their journey. She works with new parents to craft special lullabies for their fragile babies.

The Turners wrote their lullaby lyrics as a sort of prayer to will their daughter to grow stronger.

“Creating this lullaby and speaking it into her life has helped me know that one day we’ll go home,” says Danielle Turner. “She’ll play and be stronger, and live the life that she’s meant to live.”

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