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