BONDING IN SONG: SINGING TO YOUR BABY BEFORE BIRTH
Suitable during the last four months of pregnancy.
Babies can hear from about the 20th week of pregnancy and, from then on, hearing will be the most developed ability. The baby in the womb can hear the rhythm and pitch of human voices, and the mother’s is the one most heard. If one or both parents sing to the baby in the womb, the new-born will naturally recognise those voices, sounds and songs, and this enhances the bonding process.
From then on, a baby will recognise and respond to the sounds and songs that it heard in the womb, and often these will have a calming effect.
The relaxation that gentle singing produces is beneficial for both parents, and also for the baby, who, even at this stage, is affected by the mother’s stress levels.
A session begins with relaxation, followed by ‘tuning in’ to the baby first through thoughts and then through sounds and, eventually, song. Sounds will begin with long, single tones, leading to short chants and then longer lullabies and gentle children’s songs. Parents will also be shown how to devise their own unique songs for their baby that can always be used as family lullabies. This encourages the parents’ creativity and enjoyment of song, which will naturally be passed on to the baby
This programme has been evolved using my Sound Therapy techniques, along with my wide experience in running music, song and movement classes for mothers and Early Years children.
‘Bonding in Song’ sessions can be arranged for groups or for individual couples or singles. A session duration is about 1 hour 15 minutes