NOTE: Due to a busy doula schedule in late 2018, I have put all new Womb Song appointments on hold until Spring 2019.
Check back in the spring if you’re wanting a Womb Song for yourself or a loved one!
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 are some examples of womb songs that I have written:
What does the process of creating a womb song look like?
To create a womb song, I meet with you any time during pregnancy (usually the second or early third trimester is best, since it gives you time to sing it to your baby before they make their grand entrance into the world). This first meeting usually lasts about 30 minutes and can be done either in person or over Skype or FaceTime. During this meeting we will discuss your hopes, dreams, and love for your baby, and I take lots of notes. I also find out what style of music you want the womb song to have (a folky tune? Maybe an upbeat reggae feel? Or how about a lilting 3/4 time waltz?). Most parents want their song to have an original tune, but some want the words put to the tune of a song that's already been written (such as Brahms' Lullaby, also known as "lullaby and goodnight," or "rockabye baby"). Then I put your words to music, using your exact words as much as possible. Once I've written the first draft of the song, I record a rough track and email it to you. You listen and tell me if there are any tweaks or changes you want made, and then I make those changes and record a final version. You will receive a final mp3 of their song and a PDF of the lyrics.
How long does the process usually take?
The whole process can take 2-4 weeks, so allow plenty of time if you want a womb song for your baby. I put in anywhere from 3-5 hours of work for each song I write, and make each one personal and unique. Your womb song is special for you and your baby, and won't sound exactly like anyone else's!
How much does it cost?
Womb Song: $200 when purchased alone, or $150 when combined with a doula or music therapy assisted childbirth package
This makes a wonderful baby shower or Mother's Blessing gift! Get in touch if you would like me to create a special gift certificate for you.
Why is singing to my baby important?
Studies show that when parents sing the same song to their baby in utero repeatedly, the baby actually recognizes that song after they're born, and are more easily soothed when they hear it! Click here and here to read more about studies that have been done on this subject.
In this 8-minute video, renowned doula and educator Penny Simkin explains the power and importance of singing to your baby in utero, and shares a couple of really wonderful video clips of babies being soothed by familiar songs.
Here is another powerful video of a new mom singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to her newborn right after a surgical birth. Notice how baby Asher is calmed almost immediately when his mom starts singing!