Group singing and postnatal depression

Greenwood, L. and Farquharson, Y. and Dye, H. and Perkins, R. and Fancourt, D. (2024) Group singing and postnatal depression. In: Music and Parental Mental Wellbeing. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 66-91. ISBN 9780192863287 (paperback) 9780191954191 (online)


Chapter 4 describes the aims, delivery methods, and impact of Breathe Melodies for Mums, a group singing programme for new mothers with symptoms of postnatal depression (PND). Launched in 2017, Breathe Melodies for Mums has now expanded across the United Kingdom and is informing international practice via a training partnership with the World Health Organization. The chapter introduces the research that underpins the programme and provides a comprehensive account of the programme design, values, delivery, and evolution. Recent evaluation and research evidence are presented to explain how and why group singing, both online and in-person, can support people experiencing PND. Implications for practitioners are highlighted throughout, including for music leaders and health professionals.

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