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Q&A: Good music for labor?

Some of my friends have played music during their labor and delivery, and it seems like a good idea. What songs should I include on my playlist?

Re: Some of my friends have played music during their labor and delivery, and it seems like a good idea. What songs should I include on my playlist?

The Bump Expert

You can’t plan how labor and delivery are going to progress, but you can prepare the soundtrack. Multiple studies show that music, by promoting relaxation, can help cut down on pain; in other words, you definitely should have that iPod in the delivery room.

Here are some ideas for creating your personal childbirth playlist in case you want to listen to something other than the anesthesiologist's voice and your partner’s encouragement.

If you’ve been crying for 40 weeks and the scrapbook is already huge...
“Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder
“Beautiful Day," by U2
“Daughters,” by John Mayer
“Father and Son,” by Cat Stevens
“Hold On,” by Wilson Phillips

If you prefer black onesies...
“Push It,” by Salt-N-Pepa
“Snow (Hey Oh),” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Love Stoned,” by Justin Timberlake
“Hey Baby,” by No Doubt
“Stronger,” by Kanye West

If yoga class and Lamaze have you feeling just fine...
“Three Little Birds,” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Comfortably Numb,” by Pink Floyd
“O-o-h Child,” by the Five Stairsteps
“(They Long To Be) Close to You,” by Carpenters
“One Sweet World,” by Dave Matthews Band

If you conceived on vacation...
“Margaritaville,” by Jimmy Buffet
“Better Together,” by Jack Johnson
“Somewhere over the Rainbow,” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
“Paradise,” by Sade
“Soak up the Sun,” by Sheryl Crow

The Nest Editors Alonna Friedman

Q&A: Good music for labor?

If your looking for an 'All in One' Album for the iPod, I suggest downloading "Somatic Relief for Pain & Discomfort - Soothing Piano Music for Labor & Delivery" from iTunes...this was less frusterating than searching and deciding what you think you might be in the mood for when your actually in Labor. (The full Album was $9.99)

marlo1son |

Q&A: Good music for labor?

Ludovico Einaudi has AMAZING piano music... I've downloaded a ton of his stuff and am workin through to make a playlist for my labour.

haylz_lee |

Q&A: Good music for labor?

We are having a "delivery room DJ"! My brother is an awesome DJ in our town and is going to be present with us for the birth. He spun the tunes at our wedding ceremony and now will bring our little into this world... rockin' out!!

bara6644 |

Q&A: Good music for labor?

I think that the answer for this question is simple: what ever you want and like as long as you have surround sound. That is surely something amazing. Hope you find my advice useful.

xxWandAxx |

Q&A: Good music for labor?

I have made a playlist for my pregnant wife to have when she will deliver the baby. I downloaded from the Internet and I had some technical problems until I succeeded to create it. I really don't understand how to go green, but I am willing to learn. Also surfing on the Internet I read many good articles about babies.

negruvoda |

Q&A: Good music for labor?

I also know some mothers who listened to music during their labor and they told me that they felt more relaxed during that experience and they felt that the time went faster than usual. So I've started to download some music from the local free beats radio and I will make a short playlist for this occasion. I hope that I will feel better.

marta8080 |