Music, Pregnancy, Preemies, and Healing

I found a really interesting blog today, which I’ll have to go back to and look over more thoroughly when I have the time!  But just to kindle your interest (as it did mine!)…the focus of Pregnancy and Preemies blog is on “using music to heal and bond with your infant and to document the proven effects of music in these situations.”

Singing lullabies to your baby is one of the most natural things a mother does.  However, sometimes, people tend to underestimate the power of simple things.  In this case, the research is there:  singing to your baby, both before and after birth, creates a bond that is the foundation of healthy relationships…  The research documents that lullabies:

  1. Create a sonic bond of love and caring, even before birth

  2. Ensure that baby comes into world knowing mother’s voice and associating that with being loved and cared for

With preemies, this is even more critical.
Amazingly, when Mom sings to baby the effect is:

  1. Stabilized blood pressure

  2. Stabilized body temperature

  3. Stabilized pulse and heart rate

Resulting in:

  1. Less time in NICU

  2. Faster weight gain

  3. Healthier baby at discharge from NICU

The blogger, Dr. Alice Cash, trained as a classical, concert pianist who stepped into the world of music as medicine in 1990.  Now working as a clinical musicologist, she is the mother of three daughters, all of whom heard these lullabies before and after birth.  All three are now professional musicians or artists!

Stressed? Calming music soothes your pregnancy!

It’s a fact that stress is bad for people. It’s doubly harmful for pregnant women, since it affects the growth of the baby as well as the mother. So if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or even depressed, listening to soothing music could very possibly help.

Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan did a recent study featuring music therapy and pregnany women. According to, a group of women listened to music for 30 minute a day, that included Brahms’ Lullaby and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and composers like Beethoven and Debussy. After two weeks, these women showed a significant drop on the “Perceived Stress Scale” and the “State-Trait Anxiety Inventory,” as well as a drop in depression ratings.

Researcher Professor Chung-Hey Chen said: “Pregnancy is a unique and stressful period for many expectant mothers and they suffer anxiety and depression because of the long time period involved… Our study shows that listening to suitable music provides a simple, cost-effective and non-invasive way of reducing stress, anxiety and depression during pregnancy.”

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