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Investigating the suitability of customised playlists for childbirth in Ireland and Hong Kong

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posted on 2024-05-03, 10:26 authored by Pui Sze CheungPui Sze Cheung, Tríona McCaffreyTríona McCaffrey

The aim of this study was to explore the experience of two couples using customised playlists to support childbirth at the public maternity hospitals in Ireland and in Hong Kong. Two couples participated in a pre-delivery meeting with a music therapist one month before their infant’s due birth date. During this meeting, the couples were assisted in setting up customised playlists and received recommendations on strategies and relaxation techniques to use with the playlists. Data collection was performed through semi-structured interviews with the participants two weeks after the childbirth. The interviews were then examined through Thematic Content Analysis (Braun & Clark, 2006). Three final themes arose included: (1) feasibility of using customised playlists during childbirth; (2) preferred music selection; and (3) perceived benefits of the playlists. The feasibility of using playlists was affected by the adaptability of the playlists to the changeable birth situations and the uncertain feedback and restriction from hospital staff. The suitability of original music selection and the meaning of songs were highlighted. Participants reported that the birthing playlists promoted relaxation and better sleep; provided spiritual support; and diverted attention from discomfort and disturbances.



Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy, 2022


Queen Margaret University:Division of Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies

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