06 March 2010

Music from mediaeval Moorish Spain for labour and delivery

(Ronne and Fanne)

I was with Fanne throughout the whole process in the so-called LDR suite, a special room which provides a home-like setting while being equipped with hi-tech monitoring and delivery devices. Labour, Delivery and immediate Recovery after delivery all took place in this room. We can also play any music we like (of course on CD, not by a live band) to create an even more living-room atmosphere.

As I had been playing lots of Arabo-Andalusian classical music for Fanne during her pregnancy, I thought it would be a good idea to do the same in the LDR suite. I chose my favourite album El Agua de la Alhambra by Eduardo Paniagua, an architect and musician specialising in mediaeval Spanish music.

What impressed me the most was a question the obstetrician asked when supervising the labour and delivery.

Doctor: What does the dad-to-be teach at the university?
Myself: Musical cultures around the Globe.
Doctor: Wow, no wonder, the music sounds quite interesting. Is it from Middle East?
Myself: Well, yes, in one sense. It is from medieval Andalusia, part of the Islamic Empire.
Doctor: Then the Moors must have played an important role in it... Interesting, interesting...
Myself: Definitely, definitely... (speechless)

The doctor certainly has a wide range of interests in addition to his professional knowledge. I love this LDR suite!

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