The application of music therapy in maternity nursing

Shu Chen Chang, Chung Hey Chen

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Music therapy has been used in the care of patients in a variety of fields, to decrease anxiety and enhance health, and has shown promising results. It is reported that pregnancy and childbirth may result in stressful consequences for some women. This article describes the systematic applications of music therapy to perinatal women and their families. The use of music for the childbearing family is appropriate because it enhances learning, improves the birth experience, and promotes closer relationships. The labor nurses are charged with the tasks of assuring the positive aspects of pregnancy and childbirth and meeting the demands of the women in these stressful situations. In order to create a caring environment, we suggest that music therapy be incorporated into standard maternity care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalHu li za zhi The journal of nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)


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