Music Therapy and Pregnancy
An indispensable concept: primal health
Primal health is a concept that came to light in 1986 from the hand of Dr. Michel Odent. This author points out that our illnesses and personality traits are largely shaped during the primal period. This stage includes fetal life, birth and the first year after birth.
Despite the late appearance of the term, many researchers from Europe and the United States worked since the 1950s to better understand the beginning of human life and the important repercussions of this period on child and adult health.
“At present, we are reaching a new phase in the history of medical culture. More authoritative medical journals include more and more articles on the effects of the pre and perinatal environment on adult health and illness. “(Michel Odent, Birth in the Plastic Age)
These revealing discoveries put on the table the importance of stages that are usually neglected, especially from an affective point of view. And therefore, the need for therapeutic work that addresses the integral health of the human being during the primal period becomes urgent.
Health in the baby
Currently, most babies develop in a fetal environment similar to the following: mother with stress as a backdrop as modern pregnancy is a constant test of obstacles and possible complications (nuchal fold, triple screening, diabetes Gestational, etc.), with fear of childbirth and, in many cases, with little communication between mother and baby.
The baby needs to feel wanted, accepted and loved. He needs his mother to keep him in mind and to communicate with him / her, to share with him / her what is happening and to consider him as a complete human being. This protects you from the harmful effects that cause stress and anxiety.
Health in Pregnant Woman
Usually we understand the human being in a fragmented way, divided into compartments, as if on one side our body, on the other our emotions and on the other our thoughts. But each person is an indissoluble whole, as a great puzzle in which the pieces only make sense when they are united and are contemplated as a single image.
From this point of view, which is also the basis of primal health, we will consider that a woman lives her pregnancy in a healthy way not only if there are no physiological complications, but also if her emotional and mental world are ordered and unblocked.
What does this mean? It is not necessary that our life be perfect, that we do not have problems, nor that we find ourselves in a state of constant calmness and plenitude. In life happen unforeseen things, some like us more and others less, and we adapt ourselves to these circumstances with the resources that we have. It is healthy to know what I feel, to identify what is happening to me, to be able to name it and express it through channels that do not harm me or my environment.
Singing in pregnancy: health for both
Singing regulates the respiratory and cardiac system, helps relieve stress and provides a pleasant feeling of well-being. Songs that facilitate labor and melodies have been used since time immemorial to lull, calm and play with children, before and after birth.
Singing in pregnancy has a double benefit. For women it is a beautiful way to channel their emotions and relate to their child. The baby, ties him to his mother, connects him warmly and consciously with his source of life and love.
In addition, in childbirth “expressing pain through singing has a strong analgesic effect and promotes the dilation of the cervix. It reassures the baby and reinforces the affective bond with him / her “(Verena Schmid, The Pain of Childbirth). Berta Pérez Gutiérrez