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Lullaby Announces Babies’ Birth at SVMH
SALINAS, CA, October 16, 2017- Patients, visitors and staff at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH)
are listening to the sweet sound of Johannes Brahms’ Lullaby every
time a baby is born at the hospital. The wonderful tradition started this
morning immediately following the birth of baby Erick López. Baby
López was born at 8:08 am and soon after, a 15 second clip of the
famous lullaby was played over the public announcement system throughout
“This is very special, something I’ll always remember,”
says María López, mother of baby Erick López. Her
husband Rafael Lopez agrees, “not only have my wife and baby received
exceptional medical care at Salinas Valley Memorial but one day when my
son is old enough I’ll tell him the hospital played the lullaby
for the first time when he was born. This is a wonderful celebration of
life,” says Rafael López.
“This is going to be a very special tradition,” says Christie
Gonder, RN Chief Nursing Officer. “Listening to the famous lullaby
will make people smile. The melody will be uplifting to our patients,
visitors, and staff-it’s a wonderful way to welcome new babies into
The lullaby will play when a baby is born between 7 am and 10 pm. It will
play twice in a row when twins are delivered or three times in a row after
the birth of triplets. Immediately following the birth of a baby, staff
will inform the hospital operator who will then play the lullaby over
the hospital’s intercom system.
German composer Johannes Brahms wrote the lullaby also known as the ‘Cradle
Song’ in 1868 under the title, “Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, Gute
Naght,” which translates to “Good evening, good night”.
The lullaby’s melody is one of the most famous in the world.
Approximately 150 babies are delivered at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
every month. In consideration of normal sleeping hours, babies born after
10 pm will be celebrated with their very own lullaby the following morning.