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Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth

Meli Music offers Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth services!  This service is facilitated by Meli Music staff that have completed the specialized MTACB training and are MTACB practitioners.  
 

 A Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth program is conducted by a board-certified music therapist, and consists of a series of sessions usually offered in the last trimester of pregnancy.  Couples are taught how to use music to support their physical and emotional needs throughout the stages of labor and delivery.   The music therapist assists the couple in selecting and applying a specially chosen music program to calm, comfort, block discomfort, and focus breathing for each mother.  The music therapist may also provide instruction in imagery and relaxation techniques, movement training, singing of lullabies and womb songs, and other creative arts experiences.  (A womb song is a special song that is written for the baby while in utero.)  Familiar music can help comfort the mother during the birth experience and practice with the music before the birth is essential.  This therapy has been found to significantly decrease the mother’s anxiety and discomfort responses, decrease the need for analgesic medications during birth, and has contributed to overall positive feelings about the birth process.

 

Although there have been advancements in anesthesia for labor and delivery in recent years, many couples today choose to have a natural childbirth experience.   It has been substantiated by research that birth outcomes for mother and baby can be greatly enhanced through the natural childbirth process.  Many free-standing and hospital-based family birthing centers are popping up around the country to meet this growing need. Several nonpharmacological interventions are available to laboring mothers including: hypnosis,  biofeedback, touch and massage,  hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation.  Another successful discomfort management technique being explored is the application of prepared music programs during Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth.

Birth Package

Birth package includes:
  • Initial intake meeting
  • 2 hour session with expectant parent(s):
    • Establish birth-plan
    • Discuss stages of labor and implementation of music
    • Create custom womb song with parent(s) and baby
    • Go over nightly routine/ritual with music
  • Labor and delivery
  • Post-partum follow up

7 Foundational Processes of Music During Labor and Birth

  1. Biological - Music changes biology - is used to support a laboring mother to regulate breathing, lower blood pressure and respiration, and decrease discomfort.

  2. Psychological - Music enhances the ability to use coping mechanisms during labor (childbirth techniques), and may seem as though that time is passing faster than it is.

  3. Sociological Music evokes social support from others and holds the birthing team together including:  coach, nurses, doctors, doula, family members, and music therapist.

  4. Emotional Music can be used to match or affirm moods and feelings the laboring mother is experiencing (iso principle) or may be used to help her change her mood.

  5. Developmental Music can support the process of becoming a mother, help her to work through her fears and to let go.

  6. Spiritual Music can enhance and support spiritual processes of the laboring mother and may evoke a peak or transpersonal experience.

  7. Environmental - Music can be very important in blocking out extraneous sounds in the birth environment that may interfere with the laboring woman’s entrainment process.  Music also provides a  “sound blanket” which fills the space and wraps the birthing mother in sounds of comfort and safety. 

          DiCamillo, Mary P., Ph.D. (1999). A bio-psycho-social model of music therapy assisted childbirth: an integrative            

         approach to working with families. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, CA.

Roman Music Therapy Services (2013) Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth is an incredible tool for mothers and fathers as they progress through labor and welcome their new little one into their arms and their life. Using music for relaxation, pain management and to facilitate rhythmic breathing brings the expectant parents and the entire childbirth team together. It supports the mother and her birth partner in creating and facilitating the desired birth experience.

Functions of Music in Labor    

  1.  Supports breathing

  2. Induces a calm, relaxing state

  3. Facilitates movement/position change

  4. Enhances comfort

  5. Evokes imagery

  6. Builds energy

  7. Creates or change a mood

  8. Helps to express feelings: hope, sadness, frustration, joy, fear

  9. Fill the space with pleasant sounds making it feel safe

  10. Helps you to pass the time

  11. Reminds you of pleasant memories

  12. Connect with baby

  13. Connect with Birth Partner

  14. Helps you to let go

  15. Makes birth a beautiful, enjoyable experience

Research

Whitwell (2013) Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Music- Regular practice is required to receive these benefits. The music is selected from the repertoire of the couple and the music therapist. In addition, through toning and sounding techniques the voice becomes an instrument of self expression and empowerment allowing the mother to creatively express her feelings during the birth process.