Music Therapy for Pregnant Women
The use of music therapy or music therapy in the medical world as part of a holistic treatment of the patient is not something new. In developed countries like the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and Japan, music therapy commonly given as additional clinical measures for the patient, for example in patients with cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s and autistic patients.
Music played to patients undergoing radiology treatment to reduce stress levels, the postoperative patients transplanted bone marrow stem cells to help relieve the pain and nausea, to the elderly to improve the health and well-being, to the newborn to help the process of adaptation, and to improve the ability of premature babies to suckle, sleep and maintain normal vital signs.
In the world of obstetrics, in the last 25 years, researchers and clinicians have begun to explore the use of music therapy for obstetric patients, both pregnant women and birth mothers. It is also in line with the increasingly widespread trend of natural birth, a labor philosophy which believes that with proper preparation, the mother can actually undergo the process of labor without having received medical intervention for the provision of medicines pain-reducing.
Benefits of Music Therapy:
- Helps mother reduce pain.
- Helping mothers reduce anxiety and restlessness.
- Helps reduce stress levels.
- Giving a feeling of comfort, calm, or passion and joy.
- To help expedite descent into the birth canal baby
Giving Music Therapy consists of several types, classified based on patient involvement (active and passive music therapy), based on the approach used science (the science of music and psychology), based on the type of music (classical music, nature sounds, traditional music, spiritual music / religious and etc.), as well as based on the method used (improvisational and structured).
Passive Music Therapy inexpensive, easy, effective and can be done almost all birth mothers. Here’s how:
- Choose your music to suit your tastes, and then listen and biological rhythm of the music within every 1 hour.
- Listen to music using the headset or directly from the music player, with volume faint to moderate.
- In addition to recorded music, the mother can also listen to live music, for example listening to husband play guitar or midwife to ring the singing bowl (therapeutic musical instruments from Tibet).
- Based on the research, slow tempo music and relaxation music (including strains of scripture and music sounds of nature); most effectively reduce levels of stress.
- Music therapy is more effective if done during pregnancy.
- Active music therapy can be done if the mother is able, for example by singing or humming when contractions occur. Techniques i