While singing has been used for millennia around the world to support life transitions such as birth, the origins of modern day prenatal singing circles can be traced back to France in the 1960’s with the French physician Michel Odent. One can now find prenatal singing circles happening in many countries around the world.
The name Womb Song came from Maya Waldman (http://singingforeveryone.co.uk/), a community musician and singer in the U.K. Through a grant, she created and led prenatal singing circles at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. We are grateful for her generosity and support in helping bring Womb Song to the U.S.
Womb Song’s co-founders in the United States, Megan Jacobsmeyer and Amanda West, connected through a mutual friend and combined their passions for music, singing, motherhood and birth. They held their first Womb Song circle in Santa Cruz, California in January of 2014 and have been going strong every since.
Megan Jacobsmeyer and Amanda West are also available
as Birth Doulas,
for Blessing ways and baby showers,
to sing with you during any point of your labor & birth
and for special events.
Please contact them about these services.
Amanda West is an award winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, music teacher, and mother. She holds a firm belief in the power of music to heal the world, and is deeply passionate about the empowerment of women and girls. A regular attendee of the Northern California Women’s Herbal Symposium, as well the Zen Buddhist community of Tassajara, she loves the weaving together of ancient wisdom and modern music. She has trained with DONA (Doulas of North America), and lives her life at the intersection of motherhood and music. http://www.AmandaWestMusic.com
Megan Jacobsmeyer is a community leader and mother of two young children. She is a credentialed teacher and is currently practicing as a Doula in the Santa Cruz Family Doula Collective . Her love for singing from the heart began with the first album she owned as a young child, Raffi. Since her teen years, singing has been a part of her spiritual practice. Singing and music were integral parts of her healing and recovery from Postpartum depression. Her passion for all things maternal began in 2003 when a college professor suggested she read Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin.
If you have birthed beyond the Wombsong stage and are looking for a place to sing with your baby, we highly recommend Mothersong. http://www.mothersong.org/