Commission Singing Mamas 'on prescription'
What's the evidence?
Group singing reduces symptoms of postnatal depression faster than the usual forms of treatment. These findings are taken from a 3-arm randomised control trial published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in February 2018 (authors D. Fancourt and R. Perkins).
The study highlighted that 73% mums who took part in a 10 week programme of group singing recovered from postnatal depression, and that participating mums also reported an increase in self-esteem, confidence and bonding.
How does it work?
The Singing Mamas approach uses the NHS 5 ways to mental wellbeing framework alongside the Maternal Mental Health Alliance guidelines for peer support as benchmarks for service delivery. In essence though;
● Singing improves breathing, posture and muscle tension and contributes to mothers’ physical wellbeing
● Singing releases endorphins which deliver pain relief and improved mood
● Singing reduces stress hormone levels, benefiting the immune system
● Singing stimulates cognitive function through learning new songs
● Singing helps forge social bonds particularly quickly, improving social networks
● Singing creates a positive shared experience between mother and infant and
increases mothers’ confidence in her parenting abilities
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