Online personalised music-making with patients in hospital during pregnancy

Shaughnessy, C. and Hall, A. and Perkins, R. (2024) Online personalised music-making with patients in hospital during pregnancy. In: Music and Parental Mental Wellbeing. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 125-143. ISBN 9780192863287 (paperback) 9780191954191 (online)


Chapter 6 reports on the development and implementation of an online programme of personalised, live music for patients in hospital maternity wards during the COVID-19 pandemic. The chapter introduces the music-making practice, which was based on Meaningful Music in Health Care (MiMiC), an innovative, artistic practice developed by Hanze University Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. Evaluation of patients’ experiences of the programme are presented, revealing that live, person-centred music can build personalised connections, support emotional regulation, and offer opportunities for respite. Alongside this, perspectives from the musicians on the skills required for delivery are shared. Implications are considered for the future delivery of live, personalised, online music interventions in hospital maternity settings to support parental wellbeing.

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