Music at Heart with St Mary's Hospital
Early in 2022 we started our first 10-week pilot programme with a group of mums and their babies in partnership with the Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea Perinatal Mental Health Service based at St Mary’s Hospital. We are delighted that this project further supports families in north Westminster, thus linking to our local Community Families initiative.
Unlike the project at the Royal London Hospital, which focussed on working at the bedsides of in-patient children, this new project is focussed on the mental health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies primarily through singing together. However, this group is not an ordinary ‘mothers & babies singing group’, it is a specialist ‘participatory music’ group – a form of therapy although very different from talking therapy. We create a safe space in which mothers can share their lived experience, using their voice with the help of our musicians and supported by members of the hospital’s perinatal team.
In this first pilot project we have made beautiful music together, and created an album called Mother Tongue for participating families – and families everywhere – to enjoy.
Click here for the Songbook
Click here for the Song Tracks
Click here for the participant area of the site
Click here for the Pilot Report
We are grateful to BBC Children in Need and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust for funding this pilot.