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The author uses his experience as an anesthesiologist involved in music medicine to discuss the psychophysiology of perinatal stress. The use of music as an adjunct to medical care for mother and child in the prenatal and postnatal period, as well as the implications for improved outcome and medical cost savings are addressed. The importance of the fetal auditory environment as a conduit for communication and learning is also examined.


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Fred J. Schwartz, M.D.

Dr. Fred Schwartz is a board certified anesthesiologist, practicing at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the International Society for Music in Medicine, the National Association for Music Therapy as well as APPPAH. He has used music in the operating room and delivery suite for over 20 years, and for the last 10 years has also produced music for pregnancy, childbirth and babies. Direct all correspondence to 314 Woodward Way NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305 or email: drmusic@mindspring.com (Web Site: http://www.mindspring.com/~wombsnd).