Online songwriting and postnatal loneliness

Spiro, N. and Waddell, G. and Adediran, R. and Osmond, P. and Tredget, E. and Sharma, S. and Perkins, R. (2024) Online songwriting and postnatal loneliness. In: Music and Parental Mental Wellbeing. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 92-120. ISBN 9780192863287 (paperback) 9780191954191 (online)


Chapter 5 reports on the co-construction, testing, and evaluation of an online songwriting intervention—Songs from Home—that aimed to reduce loneliness and symptoms of postnatal depression (PND) and enhance social connectedness. The chapter describes the co-construction process and key characteristics of the musical practice, as well as evaluation and research findings. The chapter illuminates how Songs from Home can facilitate four goals—comfort and safety, feelings of achievement, connection, and adapting to individuals—and address loneliness, social connectedness, and symptoms of PND among women in the perinatal period. The chapter concludes by noting that Songs from Home was highly recommended by those who participated in it, with the potential for refinement and scale-up.

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