Frequently Asked Questions
What is a womb song?
A womb song is an original song written just for your baby. The song conveys your personal hopes, dreams, and love for your unborn baby, and is a simple and powerful gift to your baby and yourself that you will remember forever. A womb song is simple to sing, and you can sing it to your baby in utero every day as a way for them to become familiar with the song and with your voice. Studies show that when parents sing the same song to their baby in utero every day, the baby actually recognizes that song after they're born, and are more easily soothed when they hear it!
Imagine having a special song written just for your baby, and getting to sing it to them right after they're born as a way to welcome them to the world - that is what a womb song is! Here is an example of an original womb song that I've written:
Click here to learn all about creating an original womb song or lullaby for your baby!
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. It is an established health service similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy and consists of using music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning for patients of all ages. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-invasive medium, unique outcomes are possible. In addition to its applications with hospital patients, music therapy is used successfully with persons of all ages and abilities.
(information from the American Music Therapy Association)
What is Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth?
Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth is a labor support method designed by a board-certified music therapist that uses very specific, carefully designed music programs during labor and birth. This use of music, in addition to the support of the doula/music therapist, helps to promote a birth experience that is calm, safe and supportive for parents and baby. To learn more about Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth, you can visit www.SoundBirthingMusic.com.
Who can provide Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth?
While many parents-to-be enjoy music during labor and many birth workers can assist with putting on a music playlist or encouraging the use of the voice to make sounds and tones, Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth is provided by a board-certified music therapist. To become board-certified, a person must complete a bachelor's degree in music therapy from an accredited university, a 1000-hour internship, pass a national board exam, and get re-certified every 5 years. In many cases, music therapist providing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth services will also be a trained doula.
What is a Birth Doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the parents-to-be before, during and just after birth (birth doula); or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period (postpartum doula).
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
The Benefits of Having a Doula
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:
- Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications
- Reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience
- Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans
- Reduces requests for pain medication and/or epidurals
Research shows parents who receive support can:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidence
- Have less postpartum depression
- Have lower incidence of abuse
(information from DONA International)
What is a Postpartum Doula?
Many parents spend countless hours preparing for the birth of their baby, reading books, taking classes, and imagining their optimal birth. However, lots of parents find that they don't feel as prepared once the baby has arrived and throughout the "fourth trimester" (the first 3 months of baby's life). They may have questions, need help around the house, need referrals to specialists, or just need emotional support and someone to listen and tell them that they are doing awesome! This is where a postpartum doula can be invaluable.
A Postpartum Doula:
- Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
- Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
- Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
(information from DONA International)