Music Therapy in the CFDT and SDU

Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each individual, a qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment, including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music.

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT) and Special Delivery Unit (SDU) has a music therapist who is specially trained and available to help you as the birthing person and your partner cope during your pregnancy journey leading up to and through delivery.

Within the CFDT/SDU, music therapy is used to support birthing persons and partners navigating:

  • Anxiety / depression
  • Healthy mind-body connection
  • Poor coping due to history of trauma
  • Use of voice in self-regulation
  • Use of voice in bonding with baby in utero
  • Pain management during pregnancy
  • Sound Birthing: MTACB

Music therapy encourages birthing persons and partners to use their voices, practice intentional breathing through music listening, create playlists to support relaxation prior to and during labor and delivery, songwriting to support prenatal bonding and various other specific music therapy interventions.

Learn more about creative arts therapies as well as additional support services available to families in the CFDT and SDU.