'Singing with your baby': an evaluation of group singing sessions for women admitted to a specialist mother-baby unit.

Affiliation

Perinatal and Women's Mental Health Unit, St John of God Burwood Hospital & School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, 13 Grantham St, Burwood, NSW, 2134, Australia. [Email]

Abstract

This paper reports on the acceptability, experience of participation and the immediate impact on maternal mood state of group singing sessions, introduced as a routine component of a mother-baby unit (MBU) treatment programme. Data was collected from 27 women who participated in the pilot programme. Results showed that implementation of a singing intervention in this setting is positively appraised by women and is associated with positive changes in self-reported mood state from pre- to post-session. Key facilitators and barriers to the success of the programme and directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords

Inpatient,Mother-baby unit,Music therapy,Postnatal depression,Singing,

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