Listening to music before and/or after labour can improve the mental, emotional and physical state of the mother, as well as improving the sense of connection with their baby

In September 2019 researchers from the USA published the results of their study to assess the feasibility of implementing bedside music therapy to reduce stress and anxiety, provide emotional support, and to help mother-baby bonding for women during hospitalization before and after giving birth. Over a 15-month period, a total of 97 women hospitalised just prior to giving birth and 223 women following birth received a single session of music therapy. Each participant completed a feedback questionnaire in order to assess its value. Results showed that the music session had been well received and had contributed to the individual’s relaxation and sense of connection with their baby. Feedback themes included the improved mental, emotional and physical state of the mother, as well as the soothing effect of music on their newborns. In addition there was an enthusiastic response from doctors, midwives and nurses.

Corey K et al. Bedside Music Therapy for Women during Antepartum and Postpartum Hospitalization. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2019 Sep/Oct;44(5):277-283.

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