I love my iPod. I simply do. It has undoubtedly been the best investment for me, as a music teacher, to have made for myself and my students. I use it all the time in all of my classes, including my Kindermusik classes, with my private piano students and also my children’s choirs at my church. I’ve used it in a room with one student and also in a regulation-sized gym with 80+ singing, shrieking children. 🙂
But I never thought of this particular situation – childbirth.
For those of you expecting a new “bundle of joy”, an iPod can put a whole new spin on your birthing plans – for the better.
According to Dr. Fred Schwartz, an Atlanta physician considered a trailblazer in the use of music in medicine, music can actually reduce the stress response in labor, thus making mom more comfortable, and, hopefully, a healthier baby.
In an article published by the Roanoke Times, Schwartz is quoted as saying:
“The benefits are that [music] does, in a lot of patients, blunt the stress response, which actually can contribute to some problems during labor, such as decreased blood flow to the fetus,” said Dr. Fred Schwartz, an Atlanta physician considered a pioneer in using music as medicine.
“Music is extremely effective to decrease their discomfort,” he said.
With the versatility of the iPod, you can not only create your own personalized playlist of your very favorite songs and artists, but you can also even create different playlists for the different stages of labor to enhance relaxation efforts at those small, treasured moments between contractions and later pushing stages.
Keep in mind, however, that even the best laid plans or playlists can go awry, creating some unforgettable childbirth memories of their own.
According to Karen Hawkins of the Associated Press, author of “Here I am baby, signed, sealed, delivered” :
Lua Hancock, 31, of Davie, Florida, was in the midst of having an emergency C-section with her first child when she decided to focus on the music coming from the anesthesiologist’s radio to calm her nerves.
The song playing?
“The First Cut is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow
“At the time I even saw the humor in it,” Hancock said, still chuckling three years later.
“I’m due in May with my second child, and that song will definitely be on [my iPod mix],” she said. “That’s my C-section song.”
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