Giselle E. Whitwell
Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Music
Throughout the ages and in diverse cultures, music and sound have found a meaningful relationship with pregnancy, birth, and early childhood. Pregnancy is a time of heightened sensitivity and creativity in a woman’s life and music can play a significant role in supporting the changes taking place in her, and in nurturing the life of the unborn baby. Music and sound affect us not only emotionally, but also physically and spiritually.
There is a traditional story from a tribe in Africa regarding conception. When a woman feels ready to become a mother, she goes by herself to meditate under a tree. She sits there until she hears the song of the child that wants to be born. She then sings and teaches the song to her partner. When they make love, the…