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Breathe Melodies for Mums

Our pioneering singing service for mothers with or at risk of postnatal depression

Based on ground-breaking research from Royal College of Music and Imperial College London, Breathe Melodies for Mums was designed with mum at the heart, to support those who may be experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety and social isolation.

Breathe Melodies for Mums is a fun way to boost mood, unwind and de-stress through the joy of singing and music-making. Sessions are led by a specialist arts and health Singing Leader with songs ranging from folk to gospel, in a number of different languages.

The sessions really increase your energy levels and mood. There was no stigma. We were all just there singing and trying to find ourselves through the music. They reminded me that as a mum, you have to count yourself as important.
Jenny, Breathe Melodies for Mums Participant Read more

Participation is free, and weekly sessions allow women to connect with each other in a supportive space, establish a structure to their week, and have a positive experience to focus on.

We are delivering sessions in person again in accordance with government guidance after moving sessions online due to COVID-19. We have implemented protocols to make participants feel safe during sessions including room ventilation, hand sanitisation stations and reduced group numbers.

See our current 10-week in person programmes below.

London Programme

Part of the SHAPER Research Study, 10 week in-person programme for new mums based in London

  • Tuesdays from 5th October 2021 10:30-11:30 Draper Hall (Elephant & Castle), SE1 6TN
  • Tuesdays from 5th October 2021 13:30-14:30 and 14:45-15:45 Stockwell Children's Centre, SW9 9TG


90% of participants experienced an improvement in symptoms of postnatal depression in our online programme

Our in-person and online sessions have supported hundreds of women to improve their wellbeing over the last three years, and have been found to increase confidence, reduce feelings of loneliness and help new mothers bond with their baby. Read more about the research behind the programme.

I love the music we learn in the sessions. The melodies are beautiful, not like your usual nursery rhymes… the songs are easy to pick up and sing in between sessions. It’s so uplifting!
Meg, Breathe Melodies for Mums Participant

Breathe Melodies for Mums has received national press coverage, including features in The Telegraph, The Times and The Guardian.


87% of mums felt happier as a result of our online programme

Frequently asked questions

The programme is designed for women experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, social isolation or symptoms of postnatal depression with babies aged 9 months or below. On registration, we’ll send you a health and wellbeing questionnaire to understand where participants are at when joining the programme, as well as any additional support required. 

The sessions take place weekly led by an arts and health music specialist and a member of our teamThey are an hour in length, we’ll spend around 45 minutes singing with opportunities to chat and check-in throughout. All participants will receive a welcome pack in advance so you know what to expect.

Participants are not required to have any previous singing ability. We’ll slowly introduce very simple songs and melodies with the option to try harmonies later in the programme once you’ve built your confidence!  

Not necessarily, if your baby needs to sleep or feed during the sessions they are very welcome to.

Melodies for Mums Podcast

Listen to five of our mums (and babies) talk about their experiences with the Melodies for Mums programme and also how it has been becoming a new parent in the pandemic.

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