This picture is of my daughter who was 10 at the time playing my bowl at my Blessingway ceremony. She also played the bowl while I was in labour with my fourth baby. She took turns with my other daughter who was 8, my Mum, my husband and my back-up midwife. If a 10 year old can do it so can you!! (or your partner or mother or older child or midwife...)
It is important for both the partner and any other support person to know how to play a crystal singing bowl so that there can always be someone there playing the bowl for you (the birthing woman) during each contraction. After all, if the sound of the bowl does indeed become the woman's favourite birthing ritual someone will NEED to be playing that bowl ... believe me!
Make sure your partner practices playing the bowl whenever he / she has a chance BEFORE the birth. It’s NOT a difficult instrument to play but it is important to feel comfortable playing it and for them to get your feedback on how loud or soft you like it.
Here are some guidelines:
That's all for now!
Share this with your birth support team and give them a go at playing the bowl so they know they can make it resonate and can control the volume.
If you would like to have a SoundBirth I'd be happy to teach you and your birth team everything I know in a private session whenever you are ready!
Nicole Lloyd B(Mus) is a mother of four girls and creator of SoundBirth. Here she shares her experiences using sound before, during and after the birth and anything else about sound or birth that she feels like writing about!