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What’s A Good Laboring Playlist?

by Dawn on February 27, 2009
category: Labor and Delivery,Pop culture

I have several friends who are about to give birth, and they’re starting to prepare a playlist or mix cd for their laboring time.  When I had my first child, I took about four mix cd’s with me, because I wasn’t sure what mood I’d be in throughout the process.  I don’t remember any of them except for a worship music mix and a favorite Counting Crows mix.  Turns out I only listened to one of them once, ’cause the t.v. was on most of the time (or I had a stream of visitors).   Plus, my laboring experience was somewhat different; when I was in the operating room, I vaguely remember hearing peaceful music playing quietly. 

It’s funny; as I’m writing this post, I’m listening to my latest mp3 download, The Hives’ “Tick Tick Boom“, which is all kinds of cool.  I heard it playing during the action-movies montage during the Academy Awards, and my viewing buddies and I were all about finding out what song that was.  My friend busted out his iPhone and used that “retrieve the song” application.  Fun times!  Anyway, here are some lyrics:

You know I’ve done it before and I can do it some more/I got my eye on the score

I’m gonna cut to the core/I’m gonna cut to the core

It’s too late/it’s too soon

Or is it?/Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, BOOM!!

I guess it could be a good laboring tune, if you’re the type who plans to dress your baby in mini-Vans and rock-band onesies.  You know who you are.  :)

Here’s an article about relaxing music during labor, which contains further links to finding just the right music for your experience.  I’m pretty sure none of them mention The Hives.

What music aided you through your laboring experience(s)?  Do you go classical, movie-soundtrack, make-you-happy music, or comfort bands?  The more specific, the better! (p.s.  For the unitiated, that’s a picture of a “mix tape“, above.  ;) )

5 Responses to What’s A Good Laboring Playlist?

  • Comment by Amanda
    February 27, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    My husband suggests Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push – It”

    I still need to make my playlist, but now I have a feeling that my labor may go too fast for it. After my first came out we listened to a lot of Jack Johnson in the room. My list will probably have a lot of my favorites and avoid songs that would irritate me. :) just music that makes me happy. :)

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    Comment by Harriet
    February 27, 2009 @ 8:59 am

    Hi there.
    I’m just stopping by to say hello!
    Have a great day!

  • Comment by Amelia
    February 27, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    I did a combo of slow songs and fast songs. Actually I mixed them all together and when Jon looked at the list he thought I might want slow music for transition (the toughest part) and more upbeat music while I was pushing. I thought it was good advice and he made two separate playlists for me. It turns out I never used it because the baby came pretty soon after we got there.

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    Comment by Kristi
    February 27, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

    I didn’t have my Ipod with me but I was planning on listening to all the songs I have during my workout. Mostly punk, hardcore, alternative, and some slow stuff. I just have to add, those baby vans are adorable!

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    Comment by Mommy Zabs
    February 28, 2009 @ 7:47 am

    haha my son has those shoes.

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