The name “SoundBirth” came to me when I was in labour with my third baby at home.
My Mum started playing one of my crystal singing bowls while I was quietly groaning my way through a contraction in the early stages of labour. As soon as I heard the beautiful, resonant tones emanating from the crystal singing bowl, I immediately had a feeling of being held –
... as if the sound was an invisible hand of love holding and soothing me at the same time.
It created a space that felt sacred and private … like a cave where nothing else existed…no people, no pain, no room … just me and the sound. I knew there and then that I wanted my support friend to play the bowl throughout each contraction thereafter.
The sounds drew me into the present moment. I was in “the zone” and to my surprise actually enjoying the process. I remember in between contractions expressing how awesome the previous “sound contraction” was. I even felt abandoned a few times when my friend couldn’t be there to play the bowls so I demanded someone else to play it … NOW! That is how much I felt it was supporting me. This in itself was powerful as I could hear that someone in the room was connected to the rhythm of my contractions.
I gave myself permission to make sounds with my voice which helped me to release the pain. Instead of focussing on the physical, mental and emotional pain, I was transfixed by the sounds the bowl and I were co-creating.
Finally after a short (for me!) six hour labour our baby was born and we welcomed little Kira into the world.
Because this birth was so transformational to me, I started researching why the crystal singing bowl and toning seemed to support me. Compared to my previous two labours, also at home (which were 26 and then 15 hours long) this one felt so easy and powerful and sacred. All of the information (most of it from sound and music therapists) confirmed to me why adding sound to my labour made a huge difference!
I then felt compelled to create “SoundBirth” with the intention to inform expectant couples and doulas how they too can use SOUND and MUSIC in a home birth or hospital setting.
Since then I have had another SoundBirth! Totally different to the above story but still very powerful and I still just LOVED and NEEDED that crystal singing bowl POWER to keep me going through a VERY long labour! You can read all about it here
There have been about 20 "SoundBirths" in Perth some at home and some in hospitals so far. ALL couples benefitted from using a bowl in their own way and the feedback from birth professionals has been very positive.