We were disappointed when we read "Lullaby this" about staff unhappiness with the "Brahms' Lullaby" program announcing the birth of new babies at an Oregon hospital (Oct. 16, p. 100).
We play one minute of the lullaby after every birth and have received tremendous positive comments from patients, staff and physicians alike. It is our way of welcoming a new life into the world, of announcing that every delivery is special. One staff member put it eloquently: "No matter how busy or stressed I may be, when the lullaby plays, I can't help but pause, smile and reflect on the new little person who will bring joy to many and leave a special imprint on the world."
We inform each mother and significant other(s) that the lullaby will be played. Patients have been thrilled, which makes the nursing staff feel satisfied that their patients are happy and content, and thus staffers are not "annoyed during a rush of births." The piece does not infringe on anyone's sleep patterns, as it is played within the tones of our paging system, which was altered to accommodate patient comfort. Security is not compromised, as we have appropriate standards in place.
We feel sorry that the Oregon organization is not satisfied with the program. We are, and we wanted to share that.
Director, perinatal services
Vice president, patient-care services
Adirondack Medical Center
at Saranac Lake
Saranac Lake, N.Y.