Lynn Hilgers

I offer a combination of traditional doula and Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Sevices unique to the Madison area. In addition to my doula training, I have 16 years of clinical experience as a Board Certified Music Therapist with additional specialized training in music therapy assisted childbirth. I will provide non-medical labor support services such as massage, counter-pressure techniques, suggestions and physical support with positioning, information and emotional support and encouragement for both mother and partner. The music therapy half of my practice is based on research showing the benefits of music therapy in reducing the mother’s anxiety and pain responses, decreasing the need for analgesic medication, facilitating breathing, relaxation and imagery techniques, and enhancing family bonding. In consultation with you and your partner, I will design a music program that supports the birthing style you choose and your music preferences. I believe in giving families a nurturing, celebratory, and sound beginning.

Services / Skills

Relaxation/imagery instruction, massage during labor, lending library, music therapy, labor support at home or hospital.

Education

BM, Michigan State University, Music Therapy; Guided Imagery with Music level 1, Certified Doula through DONA International, Bradley Method Childbirth class as doula, general Childbirth/Parenting class through HMO as a mother, Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist.

Experience

Sixteen years of experience as Music Therapist working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems and additional experience with adults with mental health and substance abuse issues, three years doula experience.

Births attended

Self, two; as Doula 23.

Lynn can be reached at 608-245-1255 orĀ lynnah1@charter.net.

— August 10, 2007