Monday, 16 August 2010

Unborn children and their mums benefit from lullabies

Mothers who sing lullabies during pregnancy may benefit themselves as well as their unborn children, according to a story in the Irish Times earlier this month.

A research team at the university of Limerick is studying ways of reducing pregnancy stress and a Lullaby Research team has been established at the univiersity "between the school of nursing and midwifery, the graduate entry medical school, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Irish Chamber Orchestra".

The Irish Times reports:
"The calming effect of music may be attributable to the normal tempo of music falling somewhere between 60 and 80, when measured on the metronome. The average measure is 72, which corresponds with the average adult heartbeat. There is also considerable evidence to suggest listening to music and singing benefits both mother and infant."
It will be interesting to learn the findings of this study which, the Irish Times tells us, will be ready soon.

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