Baby steps: a report exploring the development of neonatal music therapy programmes in Estonia, Greece and Wales


  • Elizabeth Coombes University of South Wales
  • Marion Musting
  •  Ivad Al-Muzzafar
  • Christina Kalliodi 



There is a growing body of music therapy work addressing the needs of infants born prematurely. This also includes work with parents and other family members during hospitalisation. A variety of music therapy interventions are utilised to support a range of treatment goals for this client population. This report describes and discusses such work that is in the early stages of development in 3 European countries: Estonia, Greece and Wales. The development and content of the interventions in each country is described, with recommendations as to the sustainability and future growth of each programme

Author Biography

Elizabeth Coombes, University of South Wales

Researcher and Lecturer University of South Wales

Course Leader MA Music Therapy, alos teaching on Art Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Nursiso and Psychology courses.

Neonatal Music Therapy

Intercultural Practice

Multidisciplinary Team Work

Professional Identity


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