Melodies for Mums National call out

Our online singing group to improve health and wellbeing in new mums is going nationwide!

Adjusting to being a new parent can be an emotional roller-coaster. It is one of the most joyous times but yet challenging. Sleep deprivation, overwhelming emotions, hormonal imbalances, and never-ending dirty nappies are examples of the upheaval new parenthood brings.

Often new mothers experience loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem, these feelings are increased by the lived reality of COVID – prolonged periods of time without seeing family, friends, and loved ones, disruption to daily routines and restrictions on activities and leisure time.

In 2016, Imperial College and the Royal College of Music carried out a piece of research that scientifically proved that social singing groups can significantly reduce symptoms of post-natal depression or anxiety in new mums. As a result of this research, Breathe Arts Health Research set up Melodies for Mums, and we’ve been able to help over 200 new mothers through difficult times over the last three years. Our focus is on mothering the mother and supporting to improve their health and wellbeing.

“Melodies for Mums was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and strengthened me into the person I am today – to know that there were other people there for us not only as mothers but as human beings who needed support and compassion, I will be forever grateful to you all.

 Being a participant in Breathe’s programmes have allowed me to see the possibilities and limitless capabilities I have as an individual when I tap into my creative side.” 

We are delivering a nationwide Melodies for Mums programme funded by The National Lottery Response Fund, starting Wednesday 17th February where new mothers can enjoy weekly online singing and music-making sessions over a 6-week period.

As well as really enjoying a good singsong, our mums tell us that the sessions have improved their bond with their babies, helped boost their confidence & self-esteem, and supported them to make new connections with other mothers.

Findings from the Research have shown that the programme can lead to a 41% reduction in symptoms of PND and a recovery in 73% of mothers who took part.

If you’re interested in taking part, get in touch at m4m@breatheahr.org (07858 296855) or sign up through our online registration form below.