FLEMINGTON, N.J., June 17 For women about to give birth,one of the last things on their mind may be ensuring they have on hand theright music.
But maybe they should. Various studies have found that music can reduceanxiety and stress during birth and ease the pain of labor.
"There's a lot of pain and discomfort that can come before the joy ofbirth," says Judy Catenacci, CNM, All Women's Healthcare, New Jersey. "Youshould latch onto anything that would provide you some comfort."
Doctors and midwives are increasingly embracing the notion that music canhelp improve the birth experience for mothers. Indeed, a CD or mp3 player ison most checklists nowadays for what to bring to hospitals, some of whichsupply players in birthing suites.
From this need to soothe sprang the CD "Stork Tunes: Songs for a HappyBirth Day", a compilation of songs focused on mothers and children by topartists. Benefiting the March of Dimes efforts to give every baby a healthystart in life, the CD is designed to not only help women relax during labor,but also provide music to enjoy with their babies as they grow.
Catenacci also reminds expectant mothers to bring "soothing" music. So,you may want to leave your Ozzy Osbourne and Snoop Dogg collections at home.
"Stork Tunes helps us achieve two critical goals of our organization,namely providing useful resources for moms and pregnant women, and raisingmoney for research and other programs to help more babies be born healthy,"said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes.
Among the artists on the CD are Celine Dion ("A Mother's Prayer"); KatrinaCarlson ("Mother"); and The Dixie Chicks ("Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)").
All of the artists donated their music for the CD, which will benefit theMarch of Dimes efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life.
The CD is available for $15.99 at http://www.storktunes.com, or pleasevisit http://www.MarchofDimes.com.
SOURCE Stork Tunes