Reach out and read on the neonatal unit

Hearing people talk, or being read to, is important for young babies’ developing brains but doesn’t happen very often in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). In this study Bernadette M. Levesque, from Boston University School of Medicine, led a team of researchers who introduced a scheme called Reach Out and Read in a NICU. 98 babies took part in the study and the researchers found books in their mothers’ languages for 95% of them. The parents enjoyed reading to their children, noted positive effects and intended to keep reading to their children after their babies had been sent home.

You can read the abstract of this article here.

About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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