~ Music Therapy ~

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Music Therapy is an established psychological clinical intervention, which is delivered by Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Music Therapists, to help people of all ages, whose lives have been affected by illness, injury or disability through supporting their psychological, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative and social needs. (BAMT website)

Sarah Gummett-Hart is a qualified Music Therapist, practising since 2009. Sarah is registered with the HCPC and the BAMT (British Association of Music Therapy). Her career history includes work with adults with learning disabilities, ASD, challenging behaviour, mainstream teenagers accessing a Pupil referral unit, pre-school children with Autism, learning disabilities and developmental delays and new mums and their babies. Sarah has also been involved in the BAMT as a member of the executive committee and as a local area representative. 

Our post-natal Music Therapy group is a safe, confidential space for you, along with your baby, to feel supported, and to find ways of working through your challenging fourth trimester, enabling you to build connections with yourself and others around you. 


“By nurturing parent to nurture their child, we observed improvements in emotional health and social inclusion, confidence to engage with external agencies and a broader understanding of pre-verbal communication.”

Lander, J ‘Baby Sounds’: Promoting bonding and attachment, pre- and postnatally, with vulnerable first-time parents.” BJMT 31:1 (2017) 


“The attachment between mother and infant is crucial to the well-being of both. The elements of attachment…are able to be understood as musical.”

“Musical(ly)… engagement can promote healthy attachments and is helpful when the bond between parent and infant is disrupted or at risk.”

Killick, R and Clarkson, A. Attachment and Language Development in Infants: How Music Therapy Helps.” Living with Harmony (www.livingwithharmony.net) 


The following information comes from a Randomised Controlled Trial of 134 mothers with postnatal depression carried out by the Royal College of Music.

The mothers were split into three groups: one group continued with their usual care, one group received a group play workshop and the third group received singing workshops, involving mothers learning songs with their babies and creating new songs together.

“Mothers with moderate to severe symptoms of PND in the singing group reported a much faster improvement in their symptoms than mothers in the usual care group.” No significant difference in the other two groups.”


Royal College of Music www.rcm.ac.uk Research / Music & motherhood 

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Research – premature babies and Music.

Fernández Medina IM, Granero-Molina J, Fernández-Sola C, Hernández-Padilla JM, Camacho Ávila M, López Rodríguez MDM (2018) Bonding in neonatal intensive care units: Experiences of extremely preterm infants’ mothers.

Martha N S Vianna+Arnaldo P Barbosa+Albelino S Carvalhaes+Antonio J L A Cunha (2012) Music Therapy May Increase Breastfeeding Rates Among Mothers of Premature Newborns: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Rand K, Lahav A (2014) Maternal sounds elicit lower heart rate in preterm newborns in the first month of life.

Stone NL, Millar SA, Herrod PJJ, Barrett DA, Ortori C, Mellon VA, &. O’Sullivan SA, (2018) An Analysis of Endocannabinoid Concentrations and Mood Following Singing and Exercise in Healthy Volunteers

Stewart K, (2010) Music Therapy, the pre-term infant and the spectrum of traumatic experiences. In Stewart K (ed). Music Therapy and Trauma: Bridging Theory & Clinical Practice, pp 131-151

Webb AR, Heller HT, Benson CB, Lahav A. (2015) Mother’s voice and heartbeat sounds elicit auditory plasticity in the human brain before full gestation.

Williamson S, McGrath JM (2019) Adv Neonatal Care. 2019 Aug;19(4): What Are the Effects of the Maternal Voice on Preterm Infants in the NICU?

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