Are any of you putting together a play list for your labor/birth? I started working on this last night and keep getting stuck. I wasn't crazy about the music we chose last time, so this time I'm doing it all on my own instead of collaborating with my husband. I am trying to think of songs about being strong and so on, but that aren't too overwhelming sound wise (if that makes any sense)
labor play list
I've never had music or a playlist during labor. When our first was born we played an Elvis cd. I have had a theme song in my head for this birth, one that I hadn't thought of or heard or 10 years: Alice Coopers "Hello, Hooray!" from Billion Dollar Babies. Back when I used to be a gym rat this was my favorite punching bag song, though it might be too overwhelming sound wise. It's the shout at the end that does it for me.
I've been making one for the past few months. I listen to my music collection while at work so whenever I hear a song that I would find suitable for labor I add it to my playlist. I thought it was an excellent idea initially but now that the realities of labor are nearing a part of me wonders if I'll even be concerned about music ...
I read in a natural labor book on coping that music that you enjoy will help reduce pain during labor somewhat. I did enjoy listening to some music while in labor with my second. I figure I'll just play from worship songs and stuff that I have. I have a few playlists on spotify that I'm sure would be tolerable/enjoyable during labor.
I think I read somewhere that calm music is good for first stage and more energizing music is good for pushing. I like working out to music and find it helps my endurance so have been thinking about making a playlist too...tho am a bit stuck on what to put in...I envision Kanye West's 'Stronger' being in the mix but no ideas beyond that...
In my prenatal yoga class she has us do endurance exercises (like shaking arms out above your head for a couple of minutes without resting) to develop your own little mental tricks for getting through discomfort and we close our eyes and listen to a couple of different songs while doing that...the music seems to be distracting in a helpful way.
Look up Transitions It is relaxing music set to the natural womb sounds and 'gushing' noises. Sounds weird I know and it's actually made more for newborns as it replicates being inside the womb still but it is the most unique music I've ever heard. They even have a warning on the label not to listen to it while driving cause it might make you drowsy.
DP keeps saying he's going to make a playlist with things like Eye of the Tiger and We Are The Champions on it. I should probably start my own playlist so I don't have to listen to that while in labor!
I sing Blackbird by the Beatles and the Gayatri mantra to Baby all the time, so that is kind of the feeling I would want in labor. Calm sounds, mantra like singing, sing along Beatles to make me smile, Russian choir music (I have only hear this once and it is seriously some of the most beautiful stuff ever! Any kind of choral music in a language I don't understand might be nice). We will see what else I might come up with before the Baby arrives!
I have 148 songs so far on my list! Most are chants/goddessy type things I have been known to sing, drum or dance to at fire circles... I also have some Beatles, Norah Jones, LeAnn Rimes, Jewel, Shakira, John Denver, lullabyes and others on my list. i am debating on bringing my drum to the hospital (I already have some "interesting" things packed... poor DH keeps going "we're bringing all of this?!" YES dear..... LOL
I agree music I can sing to will be nice. I also have a list of chants for my support people to sing if they want. Including some I wrote.
Also I LOVE this group and have lots of their music on my list. http://www.copperwoman.com/pages/music.html#bw
ETA: with DD when in the pushing phase I was so deeply annoyed by the music that was on that I yelled "will someone PLEASE turn that music OFF NOW?!!!!" No one else had noticed it.... LOL so you may not want music for that part possibly.
I am also thinking of songs I will sing to the baby when he is born.
You can put a playlist on a laptop with whatever music program you use. You can have hours of music, but you don't have to. You could have as few as 10 songs or as many as you want from there. It's really up to you.
If you have your own copy of the music saved onto your computer, you can add it to playlists with whatever music program you have on your computer. If you have the music is CD format, you can copy that onto your computer. If you can't figure it out, see if you have a friend or family member that knows a bit more about computers to help you out.