This program is geared towards raising a level of concern for the expectant parent about childbirth preparation, and the infant itself as an individual. The Music Therapy-Assisted Childbirth program attempts to facilitate 1) a reduction of stress for the working mother-to-be, in preparation for the birthing process, and 2) a more positive interaction between mother and child in the postnatal period.
It emphasizes adequate emotional preparation, patient and infant relaxation/ stimulation through frequency and length of music home practice. The program integrates compatible-researched methods and strategies, and new methodology regarding breathing techniques and music.
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Carlos Gonzalez, M.T., is a music therapist employed by the Vancouver Jewish Community Centre. He conducts the Music Therapy-Assisted Childbirth program in conjunction with the Salvation Army Grace Hospital, in Vancouver, B.C.
Various adjustments and new techniques were put into practice after the seventh month. These included:
a) Development of the Micromusic
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