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Welcome to Birthbeats a free online resource for parents-to-be and health professionals to promote the benefits of using music during labour and birth.

The website explains the science which demonstrates how music can help you during labour and provides examples for your personal birthing playlist.

The Birthbeats project has been funded by the Iolanthe Trust, a charitable organization who's "aim is to promote and improve the care of mothers, babies and families through awarding grants and fellowships in support of midwifery education, practice and research."

Published work
  • Beckett R (2012). Birthbeats: music to your ears. Practising Midwife 15 (5): 32-4.
  • Beckett R (2011). The use of music during labour and for the birth. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest21(4):471-4.
  • Beckett R,Colgan G,(2011) Family-centred postnatal care. MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 21(1):77-82


Photos courtesy of Paul Empson Photography