What’s the evidence
That group singing reduces symptoms of postnatal depression faster than the usual forms of treatment. These findings are taken from a 3-arm randomised control trial published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in February 2018 (authors D. Fancourt and R. Perkins).
The study highlighted that 73% mums who took part in a 10 week programme of group singing recovered from postnatal depression, and that participating mums also reported an increase in self-esteem, confidence and bonding.
How does it work?
The Singing Mamas approach uses the NHS 5 ways to mental wellbeing framework alongside the Maternal Mental Health Alliance guidelines for peer support as benchmarks for service delivery. In essence though;
● Singing improves breathing, posture and muscle tension and contributes to mothers’ physical wellbeing
● Singing releases endorphins which deliver pain relief and improved mood
● Singing reduces stress hormone levels, benefiting the immune system
● Singing stimulates cognitive function through learning new songs
● Singing helps forge social bonds particularly quickly, improving social networks
● Singing creates a positive shared experience between mother and infant and
increases mothers’ confidence in her parenting abilities
Are you a professional offering social prescribing for creative activities?
We understand that Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker – the link worker then supports the patient to access personalised solutions to their care, such as our Songline Health Choirs.
Our Songline Health Choir programme has been designed in partnership with professionals and by our Founder and Director of ten years, Kate Valentine, a former Nurse.
Songline Health Choirs work in partnership with professionals to provide positive patient outcomes
Express your interest
We would love to discuss our on prescription work with you.
Our Funders and Partners
We work with trusts, foundations, local authorities and national grant makers to deliver our ‘on prescription’ work. This allows us to make groups free to access for the mother and allows us to accept referrals from health professionals to ensure we’re engaging the women most in need.
Our current ‘on prescription’ work is focussed around Liverpool Women’s Hospital which is an obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology research hospital though we’re actively seeking other partnerships.
Training staff to deliver innovative services
As well as delivering services directly we also train staff within health services to deliver the Singing Mamas approach from within their existing role. Staff can take a single place on an existing training programme or we can deliver bespoke training to a cohort of staff by arrangement.
As a GP I am so pleased to be able to prescribe singing mamas choirs to all young mothers as a way to help them build community, confidence and long lasting wellbeing"