“I do not care what kind of birth you have … I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected.”
– January Harshe, Birth Without Fear
Each woman must bring their baby into the world on their own, it is simply our job to support them. We at The Coop do not believe in pushing our own agendas or beliefs into YOUR birth experience. We provide unconditional support for you, your partner, and your baby.
The doulas at The Coop bring an added element to your birth. We are board certified music therapists, art therapist, massage therapists, and more. We bring with us not only our knowledge of birth but our expertise and skills as therapists. We are uniquely qualified to provide a higher standard of care for you and your baby.
What is a music therapist?
Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional who develops individualized treatment and supportive interventions for people of all ages and ability levels to address the whole person – their social, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory and spiritual needs.
After completing a four year degree and a six month internship a music therapist has to sit before a board examination administered by CBMT. This is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. To learn more about music therapy please visit the American Music Therapy Association.
What is music therapy assisted child birth?
The music therapists at The Coop have all undergone continued education through Sound Birthing Music, and the services provided are carefully designed and customized for the expectant mother. We use music to create a birth experience that is calm, safe and supportive for both the mother and child.
Doulas without the Music Therapy credentials have all completed the additional “Music For Birth” training through Sound Birthing Music. While this training does not make a doula a music therapist, it adds to their repertoire of tools, giving them an advanced sense of how music can be used to support breathing and effectively manage discomfort during the labor process. Doulas learn what types of music are effective for labor and birthing, as well as how music can help support different labor positions and movements, relaxation techniques, and other comfort measures.