I believe every Mother and her baby would profoundly benefit from using sound as a tool to connect, soothe and revitalise their souls before, during and after birth.
Through my experiences of being a home schooling, home birthing mother of three girls, I have found many ways to use sound and music to create a feeling of love and connection in our lives together. I do have a background in music but I feel that everything musical I have done as a parent is something that everyone is capable of doing. I therefore have a burning desire to share the tools that I have used and help others to make sound become their best friend throughout their parenting journey.
The name “Sound Birth” came to me when I was in labour with my third baby. My mother started playing one of my beautiful resonant crystal singing bowls while I was quietly groaning my way through a contraction in the early stages of my labour. As soon as I heard the beautiful, resonant tones emanating from the crystal bowl, I immediately had a feeling of being held – as if the sound was an invisible hand of love holding and soothing me at the same time. I knew there and then that I wanted my support friend to ring the bowl throughout each contraction thereafter (another 4 hours).
This in itself was powerful as I knew just by listening that someone in the room was noticing my pain rising inside me again and then noticing it subsiding. I also found that I began to give myself permission to make more sounds with my voice (toning and groaning as I like to call it) which helped me to release the pain. Instead of focussing on the pain and going into my head thinking “’when is this going to end?”, “’I can’t do this” etc, I was transfixed by the sounds the bowl and I were co-creating.
The sounds drew me into the present moment – I was in “the zone” and to my surprise actually enjoying the process. I remember in between contractions expressing how cool the previous “sound contraction” was. I even felt abandoned a few times when my friend couldn’t be there to play the bowls so I demanded someone else to play it…NOW! That is how much I felt it was supporting me. So now I tell people that I had a home, water AND “Sound Birth’’.
I would love to see crystal bowls and toning being used as a normal “pain relief” method to assist women to have empowering, natural Sound Births.
The other component which connects the whole “Sound Birth”’ experience is giving mothers-to-be and new mothers a variety of simple music activities to do with their baby before and after the birth. This includes singing, toning, making up lullabies, playing instruments, learning all about the power of crystal bowls and their uses, sound baths, sound massages and more…
My wish is for all mothers to use sound and music as a powerful transformative tool that can support them in many ways before, during and after the birth of their precious baby.
Let sound resonate between your souls from the very beginning!