One out of every 10 new mothers suffer post natal depression. A recent research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry on 134 mothers with post natal depression found that most of them who sang to their babies recovered faster from their symptoms.
Mothers around the world are known to enjoy giving their babies harmonic lullabies. As to why mothers do these things can only be explained by the fact that babies naturally are stunned when they hear such tunes. As they begin to grow, most of the children try to sing along with the mothers.
The study placed the women into three groups;
- First group took part in group singing.
- Second group took part in creative play sessions.
- Third group only took part in their usual family support and antidepressants.
The study found that women who engaged in the group singing had significant improvements in their depression symptoms. Dr. Rosie Perkins, principal investigator said although the number of women who participated in the study were few the results were very significant.
Dr. Daisy Fancourt, Lead author from the university College London concluded that singing was another useful therapy to offer women with post natal depression.