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Singing speeds up recovery from post-natal depression

Experts say that mothers can find it easier to overcome symptoms of post-natal depression by taking singing classes with their babies

Mothers who take part in group singing sessions recover better from post-natal depression. Photo: Shutterstock.com

Mothers who take part in group singing sessions recover better from post-natal depression. Photo: Shutterstock.com

Singing in a group may help the symptoms of post-natal depression, a study suggests.

Researchers found that mothers who participate in group singing sessions with their baby were able to overcome symptoms more quickly than those who did not.

The new study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, examined 134 mothers with post-natal depression.

They were split into three groups to assess whether singing could reduce their symptoms in the first 40 weeks after birth.

Post-natal depression is estimated to affect around one in eight new mothers

One group of women received the usual care, another group took part in group creative play workshops and the final group received 10 weeks of singing workshops.

In these singing workshops, mothers listened and learned new songs as well as created new songs reflecting motherhood.

The authors found that those with moderate to severe post-natal depression in the singing group reported a much faster improvement in their symptoms than mothers in the usual care group. No difference was found between the play workshop group and those who received usual care. Post-natal depression is estimated to affect around one in eight new mothers.

Principal investigator Rosie Perkins, a research fellow at the Centre for Performance Science, said: “Post-natal depression is debilitating for mothers and their families, yet our research indicates that for some women something as accessible as singing with their baby could help to speed up recovery at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.”

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