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Playlists?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have decided I want a playlist for labor...one I plan on using headphones with. Any suggestions. I have some greatful dead, moby and Mumford and sons so far...
post #2 of 16
Alt J, Broken Bells, Grizzly Bear, might be nice smile.gif
post #3 of 16
When I was in labor I didn't want to hear anything. Not even people talking. Lol I'm the type that when in pain or discomfort I don't want to be touched and I want silence.
post #4 of 16

I liked some music in labor.  I made three playlists:

  • slow, hippie, peaceful songs, most being just instrumental or quiet
  • fast paced songs for dancing, movement, early labor
  • ballad-type songs I can sing along with for focus on something outside of myself

 

All that being said, I hardly listened to any of them in labor.  Ballad songs got the most usage as singing gave me a focus point outside of the surges in-between active and transitional parts of labor.

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by swissmiss2584 View Post

When I was in labor I didn't want to hear anything. Not even people talking. Lol I'm the type that when in pain or discomfort I don't want to be touched and I want silence.

 

This is totally me, too! If I could, I'd just hide away by myself in a cave somewhere. lol.gif

post #6 of 16
Yeah I thought music would be great but it just distracted and annoyed me. But I was in the hospital setting.

I love ambient music. Like-- no words, no percussion, new age stuff. I especially like IDM stuff (certain aphex twin albums, boards of canada, ochre, autectre) but its not ambient enough I think for labor and haha sort of manic. I love Enya and that genre too but I feel like it might get annoying.

So I found a few new age, soundscape albums that my chiropractor uses or you'd find at a day spa. Thinking I'll put those on very low in the background just to keep calm and collected. I'm also doing some wax tarts from Yankee Candle for that extra boost of calming. I picked a lavender scent and lemon and feel like it'll really make me feel like my house is a day spa!

Sounds so nice but let's see if I even do it-- based on my labor refresher course teacher-- my labor might be very fast. Sort of worrying and sort of awesome too!
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I know I may not want it, but I figure it might end up being a distraction or way to block things out if I DO want it. smile.gif pandora may come in handy, but I also may want certain things...I know I love music when I am running or doing any cardio that I really need to push through....so can't hurt to have the option. I don't think I would like skipping over songs and listening to ads while in labor though.... redface.gif
post #8 of 16
Making a playlist is on my list still, too. I usually listen to relaxing / melancholic music and my doula recommends music that gets me moving, so I have a hard time figuring out what to put on mine. Niyaz is on my list. Other than that..?
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by aidenn View Post

I liked some music in labor.  I made three playlists:

  • slow, hippie, peaceful songs, most being just instrumental or quiet
  • fast paced songs for dancing, movement, early labor
  • ballad-type songs I can sing along with for focus on something outside of myself

 

All that being said, I hardly listened to any of them in labor.  Ballad songs got the most usage as singing gave me a focus point outside of the surges in-between active and transitional parts of labor.

We are twins (almost)!  First labor, I had playlists all ready and listened to exactly NONE of them.  Nothing.  It just didn't seem to cross my radar because labor was moving so fast. 

This time, I made a playlist of trancy/New Age music from my craniosacral therapist (it brings me right into the zone/headspace of that sort of inner work), one that is the Bach cello suites, and one of music that I love to listen to (Avett Brothers, Townes van Zandt, Iron and Wine, Gillian Welch, Nina Simone, Willie Nelson, etc).  I don't know if I'll use any of it, but it's there just in case. ;)

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by haurelia View Post

We are twins (almost)!  First labor, I had playlists all ready and listened to exactly NONE of them.  Nothing.  It just didn't seem to cross my radar because labor was moving so fast. 

This time, I made a playlist of trancy/New Age music from my craniosacral therapist (it brings me right into the zone/headspace of that sort of inner work), one that is the Bach cello suites, and one of music that I love to listen to (Avett Brothers, Townes van Zandt, Iron and Wine, Gillian Welch, Nina Simone, Willie Nelson, etc).  I don't know if I'll use any of it, but it's there just in case. ;)

 

I think we're twins, Heather - IBCLCs and playlist sharing surely qualifies us, right?!  lol.gif

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by aidenn View Post

I liked some music in labor.  I made three playlists:

  • slow, hippie, peaceful songs, most being just instrumental or quiet
  • fast paced songs for dancing, movement, early labor
  • ballad-type songs I can sing along with for focus on something outside of myself

 

All that being said, I hardly listened to any of them in labor.  Ballad songs got the most usage as singing gave me a focus point outside of the surges in-between active and transitional parts of labor.

this is just what i've been thinking - i have 2 playlists made (the soothing, mostly instrumental one and the lyrical one) and think i should now make a 3rd in the event that i want/need something more energetic to help me along...i did a sampling with my friends on facebook and got an interesting range of answers of what worked for people but it was enough to realize that i should probably cover all the basis!  so, i'm thinking one with michael franti, ozomatli, everything but the girl, madonna and other dance faves.

post #12 of 16

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to want any music so I haven't been planning any. Music, especially music I've chosen. is distracting and annoying to me when I'm trying to concentrate on doing something.

post #13 of 16
I know I won't want a playlist, personally. I've been almost anti-music lately because I'm so overstimulated and the last thing I want is more auditory stimulation. I know DP would love to make a playlist, but I think my head would blow up if he tried to play it during labor.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by haurelia View Post

This time, I made a playlist of trancy/New Age music from my craniosacral therapist (it brings me right into the zone/headspace of that sort of inner work), one that is the Bach cello suites, and one of music that I love to listen to (Avett Brothers, Townes van Zandt, Iron and Wine, Gillian Welch, Nina Simone, Willie Nelson, etc).  I don't know if I'll use any of it, but it's there just in case. ;)

I'm looking for some trancy type music, any suggestions? I googled "deep meditation music" and am trying to find some artists that I like. And speaking of the Bach cello suites (I'm assuming you mean the solos), have you ever listened to the Brahms string sextets? Love, love, love! And just to share another personal favorite of mine, never fails to put me in a good mood but not sure how it'll do for me in labor: the opening of The Magic Flute!

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by dakipode View Post

I'm looking for some trancy type music, any suggestions? I googled "deep meditation music" and am trying to find some artists that I like. And speaking of the Bach cello suites (I'm assuming you mean the solos), have you ever listened to the Brahms string sextets? Love, love, love! And just to share another personal favorite of mine, never fails to put me in a good mood but not sure how it'll do for me in labor: the opening of The Magic Flute!
dakipode, the CDs I borrowed from my CS therapist are by an artist called Anugama and are on iTunes. One is called Shamanic Dream, and I can't remember the other title.

And yes! The solo cello suites are what I referred to--I just love them. Perfect background music for me, and I also love "The Magic Flute!" I'll check out the Brahams as well...my aunt is a huge classical music/opera buff so she has a lot to borrow and explore.

I found music to be tricky immediately postpartum because I was on such an emotional roller coaster...I couldn't listen to a lot of things I normally enjoy because they felt too poignant or something (Joni Mitchell springs to mind). I ended up listening to a LOT of reggae. smile.gif
post #16 of 16

haurelia, thanks for the recommendation.

 

I was also looking at alpha & theta brain wave music, anyone have any experience with that?

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