Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Workshop

Sound Birthing Music TM

CMTE Workshops for Music Therapists

Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Workshop

“Working With Couples in Labor and Birth”
(26 CMTES)

Part 1-Online Course Aug 15- Sept 11, 2017 (16 hours) +
Part 2-Experiential Session Sept 23-24, 2017 (10 hours)

at The George Center, Atlanta, GA

Must complete both sections of course to receive CMTE certificate

Presenter: Mary DiCamillo, EdD, MT-BC

Sound Birthing Music, TM LLC Founder and Master Trainer


CBMT Pre-approved Provider P-131

This 26-hour intensive, online class + experiential workshop prepares music therapists to provide Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Services in hospital, birthing center, and home- birthing settings. An in-depth study of music for labor and birth, and well as positions, relaxation techniques, and other comfort measures paired with music are presented. Video- recorded role-plays of birthing scenarios, assessment techniques, video examples of women experiencing Sound Birthing MusicTM births, and group discussions are essential components of this experiential training. Music Therapists will learn about the Sound Birthing MusicTM MTACB Labor Support Model of Care, receive guidelines for creating Sound Birthing MusicTM playlists for birth, and learn ways to use live music in labor and birthing. Tips and tools for building a client base and a business in this specialty area are also provided.

Mary DiCamillo, EdD, MT-BC, Doula (DONA) is the founder and Clinical Training Director of Sound Birthing Music TM. This training program grew out of Mary’s extensive doctoral and post-doctoral work in Pre and Peri-Natal Music Therapy. Mary has also led a group practice of Music Therapists working in this field. A leader in this field, Mary has a passion for sharing this work and helping to bring babies into the world in the most peaceful way possible. Mary also works as a teacher and a professional musician. She and her family reside in Southern California.

(This Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Workshop is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists to award 26 Continuing Music Therapy Education Credits. The Provider Sound Birthing maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT Policies and Criteria for Continuing Music Therapy Education.)

Required TextBook: (Available for purchase on
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn Complete/dp/143917511X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455868385&sr=1- 1&keywords=pregnancy+childbirth+and+the+newborn

Part I. Online Portion of the Course (over 4 weeks)
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16 hours (50 min. hours) of self paced study, readings, videos, and group discussion via blog; Optional group chats available on Saturdays at 1:00- 1:50 pm Pacific Standard Time

Week 1: August 15-21, 2017

Pre- Test
The Sound Birthing Process Birth Philosophies and History Birthing Environments
The Birth Process
Summary of MTACB Research MTACB Foundations

Week 2: August 22-28, 2017

Functions of Music in Birthing
Sound Birthing Music Categories
Technology and Resources
Creating Sound Birthing Music Playlists for Labor and Birth

Week 3: August 29-Sept 4, 2017

The Sound Birthing MTACB Model of Care MTACB Documentation and Client Forms MTACB Prenatal Services
Writing Womb Songs

Week 4: Sept 5-11, 2017

The Role of the Music Therapist in Labor and Birth
Establishing Trust and Rapport and Supporting the Birth Partner Creating the Optimal Birth Environment
Music Choices During Labor
MTACB techniques in Labor
Communicating With Baby During Labor
Toning, Improvisation, and Live Music during Labor
Music Facilitates Pushing and The Birth Experience
Using Music and Singing to Support Bonding in the first hour after birth

Part II. Experiential Workshop: offered Sept 23-24, 2017

Sept 23 at 1 pm-6 pm
1:00- 1:40 pm
Labor Assessment Experiential and Music Choices

1:40-3:00 pm

Birth Scenarios Part I- Video recorded role play of birth, participants each have the opportunity to practice skills as the Music Therapist in a mock birthing experience, while other workshop participants role play the additional roles

3:00- 3:15 pm


3:15 – 5:00 pm

Birth Scenarios Part II- Video recorded role play of birth, participants each have the opportunity to practice skills as the Music Therapist in a mock birthing experience, while other workshop participants role play the additional roles.

5:00-5:15 pm


5:15 – 6:00 pm

Birth Scenarios Part III- Video recorded role play of birth, participants each have the opportunity to practice skills as the Music Therapist in a mock birthing experience, while other workshop participants role play the additional roles.

Sept 24 at 9 am-2 pm
9:00 am- 11:45 am
Playback and Group Critiques of Birth Scenarios

11:45-12:15 noon


12:15-1:00 pm

The Immediate Post Partum Period The Post Partum Session

1:00-1:20 pm

Creating and Sharing Spotify Playlists; Music Q & A

1:20-2:00 pm

Legal and ethical considerations
Pre and Peri Natal Music Therapy PR and Networking- Building Your Practice Post Test


Registration fee: Part I. Online Course

August 15-September 11, 2017

$300 professional/$150 student

Pay at:

Part II. Experiential Course

Sept 23-24, 2017

$200 – register below with The George Center

Priority Registration Deadline: August 14, 2017

*Note: Pre-requisites: None. This workshop is open to music therapists and upper division music therapy students and interns with instructor’s consent. Students must be currently enrolled in a MT program- undergrad or graduate. Please include a copy of your current university ID and instructor signature. Thanks!

Materials Provided:

Sound Birthing MTACB Workshop Manual Sound Birthing MTACB Documentation Forms

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be provided to participants who provide written notice of cancellation prior to 8/1/17. One half of the registration fee is refunded with written notification of cancellation between 8/2/17 and 8/14/17. No refunds are made for cancellation on or after 8/15/17.

*Reasonable accommodations are provided as needed for individuals with disabilities when requested.

Educational Objectives of this Training Workshop

Upon completion of the workshop the participants will demonstrate knowledge and will be able to:

Identify the functions of music in labor and birth to decrease pain during labor and birthing (CBMT Board Certification Domain II A 2 af)

Learn documentation skills for the 6 steps of the Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Treatment Process. (CBMT Board Certification Domain IV B 1)

Identify difficult situations/presentations in labor and birthing and how music can support the patient through them. (CBMT Board Certification Domain I B 2)

Assess labor progress in a simulation and select appropriate music and support for a birthing woman. (CBMT Board Certification Domain I B 3)

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