Surely you’ve ever heard that the music is a method that provides multiple advantages to the development phase of our baby . And it is that years ago the fashion spread that affirmed that if women who were on tape listened, for example, to classical music, the fetus would grow with a higher level of intelligence and creativity. This is obviously not true. But this theory is related to singing in pregnancy.
It is true that music, if played when the baby is in the tummy, acts as a link between him and the outside, accustoming the child to the environment in which he will later live and grow. If to this is added that the children have preference and recognize without hesitation the voice of their mother for having been listening to it for 9 months, when using our words, to which the baby is fond of singing, we achieve that in addition to increasing our connection with the child, our intoned voice becomes a precious therapeutic custom that manages to communicate with our baby.
Without trying to replace the work that the midwife provides us and without attending classes with the sole purpose of being a professional singing, psychophony in pregnancy brings multiple benefits and yes, it has positive repercussions on the development of the baby and at the time of giving birth. Let’s know a little more about this modality.
WHAT IS PRENATAL SINGING
Prenatal song is based on a treatment called “EVP” , a concept registered by the Academy of Sciences French based on research conducted singer, music and pedagogue Marie Louise Aucher in 1960.
Its creator also collaborated with doctors Leboyer and Michal Odent from the Bichat Hospital in the same country, to achieve a therapy supported by the correspondence of the vibration that sound generates with the human body.
The procedure consists of connecting the sound that the pregnant woman emits with her voice, with her words and the rhythm of her musical resonance, turning the human body into an instrument where each note that the mother produces resonates inside her, massaging her own body and the of the baby.
THROUGH THE VOICE A VERY SPECIAL MOTHER-CHILD BOND IS PROMOTED
Thanks to these vibrations, the music-therapeutic discipline of psychophony manages to mobilize the body, produce exchanges that favor fluids and eliminate tension due to the positive energy generated during the process.
The time in which the therapy should be practiced usually begins when you know that you are pregnant and ends at four months of gestation, a transit called “the fourth trimester” by its promoter Marie LA
Prenatal singing is not intended to replace the work performed by the midwife at the time of delivery, it simply benefits pregnant women so that their pain is reduced, a special bond is promoted by communicating in this complex way with the baby and therefore they both feel good throughout the pregnancy.
Currently this discipline is carried out in hospitals in France, although they are also beginning to become known in other parts of the world, such as Spain.
HOW TO PRACTICE PRENATAL SINGING
Singing in pregnancy is practiced by reciting the popular melodies and songs that, at the time of the discovery of psychophony, were established by ML Aucher.
The therapy accompanies pregnant women and also their partner , and consists of widening the breath, which helps in the musical game causing their voices to resonate from every corner of the body . In the same way, it is also about helping to improve the expression of feelings and emotions to transmit to our baby using the voice as the main element.
This methodology, which treats the body as a musical instrument that must be “tuned”, is exercised by performing simple body and postural activities and breathing and vocalization exercises to gain confidence with the voice and thus correctly use the expressive and communicative qualities that this have.
Psychophony in pregnancy must be resumed at a difficult but necessary time; This is the moment of delivery : warning the midwife in advance and with her help, so that her pains are reduced during delivery, you have to sing as it has been recited months ago.
Normally prenatal singing is practiced, in addition to some hospitals, in workshops that teach academies dedicated to the care of pregnant women. The sites where it is taught admit, in addition to pregnant women, women who wish to be pregnant, their partners, companions, health professionals and music therapists.
Luckily, you don’t need previous musical knowledge, nor do you need to have a great voice, since prenatal psychophony is not about aesthetically perfecting your singing, but about spending pleasant moments with yourself and your baby during pregnancy.
SINGING BENEFITS AND OBJECTIVES
As you may have been able to conclude, the benefits of prenatal singing are many and varied and mainly benefit the woman and the baby both at the time of pregnancy and during childbirth, and even after it, which brings favorable consequences for the family and your set.
In the first place, the benefits are for the mother, since in the nine months of gestation, her breathing improves favorably along with her posture and as singing stimulates the nervous system by the vibrations that sound causes in the body, the small pains that The pregnant woman can suffer, both in the gestation period and at the time of delivery, they are reduced. So the voice becomes a natural pain reliever.
The song is also the reflection of the soul, which will indicate our state of health, alerting us to any anomaly in our body during the gestation period. In this way, by detecting any disease immediately, we will obtain a cure as quickly as possible that will not interfere with the growth and health of our baby.
In addition to this, the contact that is created between woman and child brings psychological benefits, since feelings are exchanged, even more singing, which also engenders an improved inner state. Singing is one of the most beautiful and efficient means of communication known today that allows the creation of a premature and strong bond, a bond that, even after giving birth, the baby puts into practice immediately.
At the time of delivery, at the physical level of the woman, her dilation and muscle tone are optimized, which helps her to push correctly and with greater precision, since the bond created allows us to be more in contact with the needs and sensations that the baby is feeling at that moment. With the help of the midwife and also the epidural , as we emphasize that singing does not replace medical knowledge and treatments, we will have our baby in a healthy, safe and even easy way.
ML Aucher in his experience, observed that pregnant women who underwent psychophony sessions, when giving birth to their baby, had a more toned neck than usual and both their head and their hands were oriented towards the sound sources.
After all this, once the child is born, as he recognizes the voices that have been singing around him, we have managed to make him feel in a familiar environment where communication, emotions and feelings multiply and bonding not only with the mother but also with the family is older and better.
If singing is resumed after delivery, we will help our body generate endorphins responsible for bringing us happiness and well-being, which will free us from possible postpartum depression and, above all, will lead us to a state of well-being and acceptance of the moment. To himself, if we are happy the baby will be too.
The doctors in charge of supporting prenatal psychophony admitted that the newborns are peaceful, adaptable and fall asleep easily and without stress if her mother sang them during pregnancy and if you still singing after birth.
So if you are pregnant and want to create a magical bond with your child and also collaborate in having an improved delivery, go ahead and put this sweet method into practice.