Evaluation of Lullaby in Cheshire, Merseyside and Wales (2021-22)

In early 2021, ICC Head of Research Kerry Wilson was invited by the NHS Improving Me women’s health and maternity partnership to collaborate on an evaluation research programme for Lullaby in Cheshire and Merseyside. Pioneered by Carnegie Hall in New York, Lullaby brings pregnant women and new mothers together with professional musicians to write, record and perform personal lullabies for their babies, supporting perinatal care and maternal health, aiding childhood development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child.

The Improving Me network has commissioned Live Music Now to deliver Lullaby in the North West from September 2021, which Kerry is now evaluating in collaboration with Georgina Aasgaard, a Live Music Now musician and NIHR Fellow, and Dr Clare Maxwell, Lecturer in Midwifery at LJMU.

To begin with, Kerry facilitated a stakeholder workshop on 27th May 2021 (online focus group), to consult on an evaluation framework for the Lullaby programme. Academics and professional practitioners working in the fields of music education, health psychology, midwifery, health inequalities and mental health participated in the workshop, click here for a summary of our discussion. This has informed the methodological approach now being applied throughout the evaluation.

From January 2022, Kerry is also evaluating the Lullaby programme in Swansea, commissioned by Arts Council Wales and delivered by Live Music Now Wales, in collaboration with Flying Start and the perinatal mental health unit run by Swansea Bay University Health Board.

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