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Music as a health resource in pregnancy: A cross-sectional survey study of women and partners in Ireland

Midwifery. 2023 Sep 2;126:103811. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2023.103811. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Wellbeing in pregnancy can have long term effects for women, infants, and families. Research has shown that music can promote maternal health, infant development, and parent-infant bonding. This study aimed to explore women’s and their partners’ experiences of using music during pregnancy while also considering their perspectives on the potential role of music in maternity care.

METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey was conducted from June to October 2020 in Ireland. 265 respondents including 254 women and 11 partners who were pregnant or had given birth in the past 12 months participated. Descriptive statistics and content analysis were used to analyse the results.

RESULTS: Findings indicated that, during pregnancy, 75% of respondents sang to their unborn baby, 47% created playlists for childbirth, 46% intentionally used music to support their wellbeing, over one-third were not aware of supporting evidence on music for perinatal wellbeing, 88% thought there was not enough guidance, and 70% supported the idea of establishing music therapy in maternity care. Qualitative analysis revealed three themes: ‘Positive impacts of music’, ‘Facilitators and barriers to the use of music during pregnancy’, and ‘Future visions on implementing music in maternity care’.

CONCLUSION: This study is the first to explore the experience and perspectives of women and partners in Ireland on using music during pregnancy. The findings highlight the need for more music-based resources and education on this topic and suggests an openness amongst women and partners towards the implementation of music therapy in maternity care to promote perinatal health and wellbeing.

PMID:37708586 | DOI:10.1016/j.midw.2023.103811

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