Assisted Childbirth Process

 We will meet with you in person or via technology to discuss your desires, hopes, and feelings surrounding the birth of your child. As music therapists, we will facilitate a music program that will enrich your labor, delivery and immediate post-partum experience while doing whatever we can to enhance your therapeutic process throughout.

 

7 Foundational Processes of Music During Labor and Birth

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.