• «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

Kantonsspital St. Gallen (KSSG)

Music therapy at the neonatology ward of the women's clinic
Adaptation dysfunctions, breathing and nutritional problems, drug withdrawal

Integration of neonatology in the women's clinic enables direct proximity between new-born babies and their mothers. Premature and new-born babies who need special care around the clock have been supported by a music therapist on two half days since 2015. She adjusts treatment with every individual child based on medical indication and current needs. This musical interaction offer often improves regulation and deepens sleep. However, it can also have a stimulating effect, especially with fine-tuned multimodal stimulation.

Parents are involved by the music therapist building a sound envelope around the young family or singing for the child together with them. Many parents experience this as a support for bonding with their child. Women in high-risk pregnancies can also enjoy these recognised effective therapies on the prenatal ward. Their highest priority is relaxation and musical contact with their unborn children.

Dr. Andreas Malzacher, Leitender Arzt Neonatologie
Irmgard Keraudren-Aichberger, MAS Klinische Musiktherapeutin