• Marie Van Gend

And we're off!

Well what an amazing couple of weeks it has been! The Lullaby:The First Steps podcast has had literally thousands of downloads, and I have been getting such lovely videos and stories from people who are listening to it. Here is one of my favourite:

'I just wanted to message you to congratulate you on ‘Lullaby’. I am 18 weeks pregnant and just absolutely love this podcast. I’ve been listening a lot to classical music but hearing you speak about the power of my own voice to my baby has made me think more deeply than simply having music in the background. A big thank you for a wonderful innovation. It has made me very emotional (I’m yet to get through “good night baby” without tears) but so empowered and in touch with my baby, who is not even with us yet! Thank you for highlighting the importance of music, for all of us and making it accessible to all, no matter what our abilities. All the best with the venture, baby and I will be listening.'

As well as people who are singing to their babies, I have someone who uses the podcast to calm their dog! People are using them with their toddlers and then sending videos of them singing. It seems the favourite for that age group is hushabye, hushabye. I even have past students listening to them to go to sleep.

The Radio National interview has opened up some great new contacts and it looks like we have some opportunities for linking into maternity wards. I will keep you posted.

I would love to hear how you are finding the podcast and what you and your baby are getting out of it. If you have some favourites that you'd like to share please do! Just post in the comments below or on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2692668317686669/

Thank you for being part of this adventure.

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