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Arts and health stories: Charlotte


After her daughter Cara was born, Charlotte suffered from postnatal depression. In addition to working with a psychotherapist and counsellor, Charlotte began going to Melodies for Mums, a singing group specifically designed for women experiencing postnatal depression. This is her story about discovering the joy of singing with her baby.

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Music & Motherhood Meeting

WHO Europe and the Lab co-organized this full-day meeting at UN City in Copenhagen, highlighting a multi-country case study using music and singing to support new mothers experiencing postnatal depression.


6 October 2023



Music and Motherhood UCL

Research Project

Music and Motherhood

A project exploring cultural considerations for arts and health interventions. In particular, using group singing for postpartum depression, which has been successful in the UK, in new contexts in Denmark, Italy, and Romania.

Lead Researchers

Katey Warran, Calum Smith



Lead institutions

UCL, WHO Europe


Implementation study

Jameel Arts Health Lab 4

Case Study

Music and Motherhood

A WHO-led implementation study built around group singing sessions specifically designed for mothers who experience postpartum depression (PPD). The project was conducted in 3 WHO/Europe Member States; Denmark, Italy and Romania; to determine the feasibility of implementing the intervention in different cultural contexts.