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.
"Music was the third person in the room. When the contractions were the strongest, the music drew me in. When I felt respite, the music and toning gave me strength. When it came time to push, the music was the driving force. And wehen we held our child for the first time, we played his special song to welcome him. I don't think I could have achieved the natural childbirth I desired without the music."
- New Mother from Roman Music Therapy Services
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.
"When we decided to do this I thought you were going to be a DJ for our birth. Wow was I wrong... I had no idea what a spiritual experience this would be and how it would bring us all together in birth. It was amazing."
- New Father from Sound Birthing Pre and Peri Natal Music Therapy Services
(Update- they also had a second Sound Birthing experience that was even more powerful than the first.)