Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 123–127 | Cite as

‘Singing with your baby’: an evaluation of group singing sessions for women admitted to a specialist mother-baby unit

  • Nicole ReillyEmail author
  • Gemma Turner
  • Jamilie Taouk
  • Marie-Paule Austin
Short Communication


This paper reports on the acceptability, experience of participation and the immediate impact on maternal mood state of group singing sessions, introduced as a routine component of a mother-baby unit (MBU) treatment programme. Data was collected from 27 women who participated in the pilot programme. Results showed that implementation of a singing intervention in this setting is positively appraised by women and is associated with positive changes in self-reported mood state from pre- to post-session. Key facilitators and barriers to the success of the programme and directions for future research are discussed.


Mother-baby unit Inpatient Postnatal depression Music therapy Singing 



The contributions of A/Prof June Mattner and Carole Rodden to programme development, and the support of Deborah Pearson, are also gratefully acknowledged. Finally, we thank the women who generously gave their time to provide participate in the evaluation of the singing programme.

Funding information

We gratefully acknowledge Musica Viva for providing funding for the ‘Singing with your Baby’ pilot programme.

Compliance with ethical standards

The study was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees of St John of God Health Care (HREC Approval #910). Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole Reilly
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gemma Turner
    • 2
  • Jamilie Taouk
    • 2
  • Marie-Paule Austin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Unit, St John of God Burwood Hospital & School of PsychiatryUniversity of New South WalesBurwoodAustralia
  2. 2.Mother and Baby UnitSt John of God Burwood HospitalBurwoodAustralia
  3. 3.The Black Dog InstituteRandwickAustralia

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