PODCAST: Maternity Matters - Art therapy provides additional support to families in the Riley Maternity Tower



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Families in the Riley Maternity Tower have access to art therapy as a way to cope with the hospital experience. Trained art therapists are there to provide the various activities while also being a safe person to talk to about emotions surrounding hospitalization. From high-risk pregnancy patients to NICU parents, those in the Riley Maternity Tower can turn to the art therapists to help them create special items for their babies. Some pregnant patients who are hospitalized for weeks leading up to delivery choose to focus on creating decorations for their baby's nursery. NICU parents might want to create baby footprint art to commemorate their child's time in the intensive care unit. An art therapist is there with them while they participate in art-making leading them through ways to process everything that's happening.