My first birth...where this all began. I had been working as a music therapist for over 5 years. I had this music for birth stuff in the bag. I took my birth classes, read my books, and strutted into that hospital prepared to OWN that birth.
I had been practicing with my music for weeks. I knew what song was going to come next on every playlist I had. But then labor went on..and on...and on... I noticed I didn't have as much music as I had thought. My labor was going on longer than the playlists!
So we made do. We played the playlists a few times each. And they worked...for a while.
But around 3 in the morning, I hit a wall. I wasn't owning my birth-it was owning me and not in a good way. The music that had given me so much energy and endurance earlier was annoying me now. I was tired. My monitors weren't staying on. I quit. I gave up, got in the bed, asked for an epidural and slept for the rest of my labor.
All in all, it wasn't a terrible ending. We were all safe and our birth was gentle. But I wondered why the music hadn't worked for me. Could it be that I was a music therapist who didn't respond to music?
A few years later, I came across Sound Birthing Music's Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth workshop. I learned so much about music AND about labor. These things weren't talked about in my birth classes. And I learned how to apply music to facilitate comfortable, supportive births for all families, all birth preferences.
There's no doubt about it-music is powerful. It's all around us-in our stores, our movies and TV shows because it creates an instant connection. It communicates with you, puts everyone on the same page, encourages you.