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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Uses for music therapy in birth

I'm finally have gotten around to looking at some material I have on music therapy in pregnancy and birth.  The book I'm looking at tonight is Music Therapy: An Introduction 2nd edition by Jacqueline Schmidt Peters.

In the book it lists five ways that music therapy can be used to help during birth.

1-to help focus attention
2-to use as distraction
3-to help stimulate the pleasure response
4-as a conditioned stimulus for relaxation(this is used in hypnobirthing)
5-to help with breathing

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