Sound of Birth – Relaxing Sounds in Childbirth and Pregnancy

A method developed by Hilkka-Liisa Vuori, teacher en Doctor of Music

In het weekend van 26-27 januari 2019 komt Hilkka-Liisa Vuori vanuit Finland naar Zutphen om ons een speciale klanktechniek te leren die ons direct in contact brengt met ons lichaam en een diepe ontspanning en heling teweeg brengt.
Vanuit deze klanktechniek heeft ze een methode ontwikkeld die zeer geschikt is tijdens de zwangerschap en bevalling. We zijn blij om deze methode nu ook in Nederland te presenteren en nodigen jullie van harte uit!

Op zondag 27 januari geeft zij deze workshop voor de Geboortenis in Zutphen.
Kosten: 95,- incl. lunch en hand-outs.
De workshop wordt in het Engels gegeven.

Op zaterdag 26 januari geeft zij de workshop “The sound in Woman’s body” bij Baduhenna Music.

Sound of Birth Workshop:
Your own voice can help you relax in childbirth!
On this course we can learn to use our own voice consciously and deliberately to ease the pain during contractions. You do not need to know how to sing.

The exercises are simple: we sing vowels (A, O, OE etc) and resonating consonants (like MMM). We can feel with our hands the resonance, which is our voices vibration. These sounds are a relaxation method: the vowels produced with relaxed jaws immediately relax the muscles of pelvis and cervix. Making conscious sounds relaxes the body, soothes the mind and induces deeper breathing. Through voice we learn to give ourselves physically and mentally. It opens our body for the baby.

With an intention to relax, every sound is also a healing sound. As our voice touches our body with respect, it opens the paths of our thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Sound is also communicating with one's own soul and the baby. Mother’s voice is consoling. It is interaction with the child: the same sounds calm down the child before the birth as well as after it. The songs sung to the babies need not to be complicated; they can be humming and tender words. The important thing is the feeling that a singing parent conveys to the baby.

Sound of birth is about accepting oneself with a tender voice. All exercises are very soft, they are a meditation on the beginning of the life, the core of a woman. During the actual birth, woman's voice will grow in strength and power as the contractions grow stronger. But the use of voice is controlled.

You do not need to know how to sing, and you need not be even pregnant. The course is suitable for everybody interested in the relaxation with one’s own voice.

”A woman using her own voice is centered and focused. Through the repetition of voice, her breathing gets deeper.”

”The woman’s voice gives information about the progress of the birth: I can hear from her voice, which part of the labour is going on.”
“Singing mother’s baby receives oxygen.”

Singing is also good for babies. Songs do not have to be complicated; they can be humming and tender words. The important thing is the feeling that a singing mother and father convey to a baby.

To whom is the workshop Sound Birth?:
In addition to expectant mothers, fathers and partners the courses are suitable for midwives, clinic and hospital employees and other healthcare professionals as well as students. And for anybody who is interested in the relaxing aspects of human voice.

The teacher, pedagogy and doctor of music, Hilkka-Liisa Vuori has taught childbirth singing In Finland since 1998, for example in the natural childbirth ward at the Helsinki Maternity Hospital and in the school of midwifes.
You do not need to know “how to sing”. Your own voice is perfectly enough!
The Book, Available in Finnish:
Childbirth Singing - Relaxing Sounds in Childbirth and Pregnancy (Edita 2005)
About the book:
For first, there are not any books about this subject, in any language. There are few articles. It is written for pregnant women, and everybody around them. I am teaching women how to use their own voice as a relaxant during the childbirth, but also already during the pregnancy. The book is practical. It has also a very interesting beginning with the meaning of sound touching us. Especially I use “sound touching” together with hands. Sound is also communicating with one's own soul and the baby. It is about accepting oneself with a tender voice. All exercises are very tender, it is a meditation on the beginning of life, the core of a woman. However, during the birth, woman's voice grows in strength and power as the contractions grow stronger. But the use of voice is controlled. Midwives say that sound mothers are very centred, focused, on what they are doing. The technique I teach is simple. Some women say that they did with me only one hour presentation practices, and then they used their own voice in birth. And these women are not singers. The knowledge is already right in them. I just wake it up. That is why there are also the cultural chapters in the book.
Also many men are using their voice in the labour!

Vuori also gives courses on chanting and resonance. “The sound in Woman’s body”, “ The sound – Soul’s dance in your body” and “ The sound of Silence - Meditative resonance”.

Op zaterdag 26 januari geeft zij deze workshop bij Baduhenna Music in Zutphen.

Hilkka-Liisa Vuori (1966), married, three children (1992, 1994, 1996)
Doctor of Music and a music teacher graduated from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
Free lancer music pedagogy. Profession: teaching, performing and studying meditative and contemplative voice, Gregorian chants. Teaching Sound Birth and lullabies. Teacher of Gregorian chant in Sibelius-Academy Arts University, Helsinki.
Books: "Sound Birth" (Edita 2005) and "The Deep Sound of Silence" (Vox Silentii 1995), both books only in Finnish, Hyrinähetki – Vyssan lull (Finnish, Swedish, Same, Wsoy 2007). A and O, creation in sound and pictures. (In Finnish and Swedish, Sahlgren 2009. Includes a CD), Cantus sororum -chant book (2015).
Cd- recordings:13 CDs. Chants, Song ensemble Vox Silentii (Johanna Korhonen and Hilkka-Liisa Vuori): Kyrie eleison (1996), Cantus Sororum (Proprius 2001), Videte miraculum (Proprius 2002). Finnish lullabies (Naxos 2004). Passion of the Holy Daughters - medieval chants for female saints (Proprius 2006); Nox Lucis . The light of Night – Christmas chants (Proprius 2006); Ole minulle (psalms in Finnish, Vox Silentii 2007); Kuule minua (trad. Finnish hymns and Gregorian chants, Herättäjä-Yhdistys 2009); Medieval Easter chants (Proprius, 2011), Veni, Sancte Spiritus, (Vox Silentii 2013, Felix, Thomas, lumen mundi. Medieval chants for the feasts of Thomas Aquinas (Vox Silentii 2016), Celtic chants from Medieval and modern times (Vox Silentii 2017).
More information www.voxsilentii.fi

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