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Early Vocal Contact and Preterm Infant Brain Development

Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Practice

Editors: Filippa, Manuela, Kuhn, Pierre, Westrup, Bjorn (Eds.)

  • Analyzes broad-based research on maternal voice intervention (MVI) for preterm infants
  • Highlights evidence-based strategies for minimizing negative impacts of premature birth and promoting positive brain development and behavior
  • Discusses the effectiveness of a variety of parental interventions and developmental care programs
  • Offers best practices and details the usefulness of exposure to the mother’s voice for infants
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About this book

This book synthesizes and analyzes research on early vocal contact (EVC) for preterm infants, an early healthcare strategy aimed at reducing the long-term impact of neonatal hospitalization, minimizing negative impacts of premature birth, and promoting positive brain development. Chapters begin by examining research on the maternal voice and its unique and fundamental role in infant development during the fetal and neonatal period. The book discusses the rationale for EVC with preterm infants, the underlying neurobiological mechanisms, and the challenges for infants’ development. Subsequent chapters highlight various EVCs that are used in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), including direct talking and singing to preterm infants. In addition, the book also presents and evaluates early family-centered therapies as well as paternal and other caregiver voice interventions. 
Topics featured in this book include:

  • Early vocal contact and the language development of preterm infants.
  • The maternal voice and its influence on the stability and the sleep of preterm infants. 
  • Parental singing as a form of early interactive contact with the preterm infant. 
  • Recorded or live music interventions in the bioecology of the NICU. 
  • The role of the music therapist to hospitalized infants. 
  • The Calming Cycle Theory and its implementation in preterm infants. 
Early Vocal Contact and Preterm Infant Brain Development is an essential reference for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in developmental psychology, pediatrics, neuroscience, obstetrics and nursing.

About the authors

Manuela Filippa, Ph.D., is an independent researcher.  She collaborates with a number of Universities and Research Centers. Dr. Filippa has a rich and varied experience in the field of early musical interventions with infants and parents. Her research activity focuses mainly on bio-behavioral effects of singing on preterm and newborn infants, early vocal contact, non-verbal vocal communication abilities and ontogenesis of musical experiences.
Pierre Kuhn, MD, Ph.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Strasbourg, head of the NICU at Hautepierre Hospital. He is also researcher at the Institut de Neurosciences Cellulaires et Intégratives, CNRS  Strasbourg, France . Pr. Kuhn is interested in individualized developmental care implementation and research. He has conducted research in the field of sensory system development in preterm infants. 
Björn Westrup, MD, Ph.D., is Senior Consultant and Lecturer at the Karolinska Institute and Director of the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Programme at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Westrup's field of research focuses on medical and physiological aspects of developmentally supportive care, family-centered care, and iron metabolism. He has been director of the Karolinska NIDCAP Training Center since its founding in 1999.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Maternal Voice and Communicative Musicality: Sharing the Meaning of Life from Before Birth

    Trevarthen, Colwyn

    Pages 3-23

  • Prenatal Experience with the Maternal Voice

    Moon, Christine

    Pages 25-37

  • The Maternal Voice as a Special Signal for Infants

    Trehub, Sandra E.

    Pages 39-54

  • The Development of Infant Participation in Communication

    Gratier, Maya (et al.)

    Pages 55-69

  • Brain Mechanisms in Emotional Voice Production and Perception and Early Life Interactions

    Grandjean, Didier

    Pages 71-87

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65077-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65075-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Vocal Contact and Preterm Infant Brain Development
Book Subtitle
Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Practice
Editors
  • Manuela Filippa
  • Pierre Kuhn
  • Bjorn Westrup
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65077-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65077-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65075-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 343
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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