Lilyana Rain was born on January 23, 2000 at 10:41am to Grateful Dead's Box of Rain.
Although I listened to lots of music during the birth from Bob Marley, to angelic new age music, to the beatles, and I listened to the best of James Taylor twice even!
Anyway I thought this would be fun!!!
Yo Yo Ma. She was so serene and so wide-eyed. It was magical. I labored to Enya, some African tribal music and Mozart. Just pieces of each. I would tired of something after a bit and want a change. Labor was QUICK with Sophie. From beginning to end took only four hours and fifty minutes, two hours of which were at home.
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
I have to admit I wasn't that tuned-in to what was playing but my midwife happened to mention that she was really grooving the the choice of music. I am always grateful that she was able to bring this bit of nostalgia to my attention!
In labor at home my sil put on Erykah Badu, and other things I can't remember, but I didn't feel one way or the other about it. Later dh put on some band called Galaxy 500 which drove me nuts and I politely asked to turn that s*** off. (It's trippy droning trance music from the 80's I think. To this day I can't stand it.)
We left for the birth center when I was probably in transition, and dd was born an hour after we arrived. Alas, at the moment dd was born there was just my primal, bear-like groans and grunts, and the midwife conducting me to open my throat and go "low".
After about 10 hours of this my SIL finally sent in a CD of waves crashing and a Sai Baba meditation disc of flute music. They were SO helpful. DH kept reminding me to ride the waves of each contraction - helped me visualize each one cresting... I think by the time it was time to push, the CD had shut off - all I remember was the sound of my own screams and two idiot nurses screaming 'PUUUSSSSHHHHHH!!!!' (baby was in distress - had his arm wrapped around his neck - so I was concentrating REALLY hard to get him out in a hurry!) Looking back I think I was screaming at the nurses to shut up - I know I kicked them both pretty hard at one point!!
Colleen, who will be homebirthing the next one
Amazingly sensual. I was so glad to have chosen that one. It's strange, because I'm not a huge jazz fan, but it just seemed so right.
proverbs 29:7 the righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
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With DD2 - I packed all the Billy Joel tapes, but we got to the hospital at 5:40, and DD2 was born at 5:50, so there was really only enough time for me to yell for someone to hand me the gas and air. :-)
ds (my beautiful homebirth baby), labored and delivered to R. Carlos Nakai's flute music, and Mickey Hart's Music to be Born By. But I really loved the flute music, and when dh changed it to Mickey Hart i was pissed, but didn't have the energy to spend on telling him to change it back
Some great suggestions here for my next birth!!!
mother of invention, currently raising hell with four great kids, dd, 15, ds, 15, ds, 11 and ds, 8. also gestating a new wee one! due 9/29