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A narrative literature review of the therapeutic effects of music upon childbearing women and neonates

Hollins Martin, Caroline J.

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Abstract

Therapeutic effects of music are well recognised within the literature, with benefits for a variety of health
problems documented. This narrative review summarises benefits in terms of reducing stress, anxiety,
labour pain and depression in childbearing women. For neonates, music has been shown to reduce
number of days to discharge, reduce pain response behaviours, increase weight gain, improve Brazelton
scores, improve parent/infant intimacy, improve oxygen saturation, increase formula intake, stabilize
vital signs and increase parental reports of calmed infants. The main criticism of the studies reviewed is lack of categorisation of the particulars of the variables within the music that directly influenced outcome variables. A recommendation is made that a music package be developed and relationships with variables rigorously evaluated. The validated product may then be made available for use. Since evidence supports advantages from listening to music, it is suggested that maternity professionals use it in more creative ways.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 19, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 19, 2014
Publication Date 2014-11
Deposit Date Jul 31, 2015
Publicly Available Date Aug 20, 2015
Journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Print ISSN 1744-3881
Electronic ISSN 1873-6947
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 4
Pages 262-267
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.07.011
Keywords Childbearing women, complementary therapy, midwifery, music, neonates
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/8932
Contract Date Jul 31, 2015

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