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Singing may help tackle post-natal depression: study

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Mothers who sing in groups with their babies may overcome the symptoms of post-natal more quickly, a study suggests.

Researchers worked with 134 mothers to see if singing could help them reduce the symptoms of post-natal for 40 weeks after they gave birth.

Singing workshops saw the mothers learning lullabies and songs from around the world with their babies and creating new songs together about

Those with moderate to severe symptoms of post-natal reported a much faster improvement than mothers in the usual care and play groups.

In the first six weeks, the singing group had already reported an average 35 per cent decrease in depressive symptoms, 'News' reported.

"These are really exciting as they suggest that something as simple as referring mothers to community activities could support their recovery," said Daisy Fancourt, from University College in the

"Post-natal is debilitating for mothers and their families, yet our research indicates that for some women something as accessible as singing with their baby could help to speed up recovery at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives," said Rosie Perkins, of the study published in the British Journal of

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 15:40 IST