Role of Music Therapy in Decreasing Perception of Labor Pains in Latent Phase of Labor


  • Deepti Chitra1 , Rajrani Sharma2



Objectives : To study effect of music therapy in reducing perception of Labor Pains.

Methodology : This is an observational study conducted at Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

RNT Medical college Udaipur, between April 2012 to May 2013 with due permission and guidance of head

of department. After applying inclusion and exclusion criteria 200 women were studied.

Observations and Results: This study reveals that music decreases or alter pain perception whether measured

by a self-report pain scale (Visual Analogue Scale/VAS) or an observer rated pain scale (Behavioral Rating

Scale/BRS). After exposure to music intervention, subjects in the music group reported reduction of pain

from severe to moderate level. Mean values after music therapy decreased from 80.2 to 62.2 by VAS scale

and from 7.7 to 5.8 by BRS scale which was significant statistically.

Conclusion : This study identifies that there is significant effect of soothing music on perception of pain

during the latent phase of labor

Author Biography

Deepti Chitra1 , Rajrani Sharma2

1 Junior Surgeon, MBH Chittorgarh; Worked as CAS PG student from July 2011 to July 2014 at RNT Medical

College Udaipur, 2 Prof.& Head RNT Medical College Udaipur