Feasibility and preliminary effects of the use of music and movement during childbirth
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In 1965, the rate of cesarean birth was 4.5% (Taffel et al. 1987). Presently, the World Health Organization recommends a rate of 15% (WHO, 2009) and yet the current cesarean rate in the United States is double this recommendation, closing in at 32.8% (Hamilton & Martin, 2011). The Lamaze International Education Council addressed the growing cesarean rate in 2004 by publishing an article in the Journal of Perinatal Education which outlined six care practices to promote normal birth. The second care practice, freedom of movement throughout labor, holds promising application for neurologic music ...