Birthbeats: Music to Your Ears


R. Beckett


The Practising Midwife




Promoting normal birth is fundamental to the midwife's role yet it is easy to overlook simple coping strategies on a busy labour ward. As The Code (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2008) directs us to ensure that our practice is evidence based, it is valuable to review the literature exploring the alternatives available to reduce pain and anxiety during labour and birth. In March 2011 an extensive literature search was completed to review the evidence relating to the use of music to reduce pain and anxiety. As a result of these findings a free web resource was developed for parents and professionals to promote the use of music and explain how music can be beneficial during labour. The birthbeats project was funded by the Iolanthe Trust.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Anxiety; Childbirth; Labor Pain; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Pain; Pregnancy

Indexed Terms

Anxiety; Depression; Labor Pain; Midwifery; Mothers; Natural Childbirth; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care; Stress; Women's Health

Study Type

Editorials, Opinions, Position Papers

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