Korean J Women Health Nurs.  2017 Jun;23(2):109-116. 10.4069/kjwhn.2017.23.2.109.

Effects of Music Therapy on Stress of Preterm Labor and Uterine Contraction in Pregnant Women with Preterm Labor

  • 1Haeundae Baik Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Inje University, Busan, Korea. nursmh@inje.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to test effects of music therapy on stress due to preterm labor and uterine contraction in pregnant women with preterm labor.
An experimental research design was used. Participants were 35 pregnant women with preterm labor who were between 20 to 37 weeks of pregnancy: control group (n=18) received only tocolytic drugs, while experimental group (n=17) received additional music therapy. In the experimental group, Traumerei was applied before Non-Stress Test (NST) from the second day to fifth day after admission as music therapy.
There was a statistically significant difference in stress due to preterm labor (z=-3.368, p<.001) between the two groups.
The music therapy is an effective method for reducing the stress of pregnant women with preterm labor.


Preterm labor; Pregnant women; Stress; Music therapy; Uterine contraction

MeSH Terms

Music Therapy*
Obstetric Labor, Premature*
Pregnant Women*
Research Design
Uterine Contraction*


  • Figure 1. Process of this study.

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