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.