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I am building up my I-Tunes and want suggestions. What do you plan to listen to in labor if you plan to have music.
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I am so glad you asked this! I want to know, too! I just got an iPod a few weeks ago and would love to have a labor playlist

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I was just going to turn on the classic rock station and rock out.

Hey, is dancing good for labor? I'd like to dance my way into transition.

No, I have no idea what labor is going to be like so I'll just have my laptop with me with all of my music on it and probably the radio too. Maybe, keep a variety of songs with you so if your mood changes you've got music for it.

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LOL, I'm sure dancing is great!

I'm thinking I will need some powerful rock-type music as well. I'll have all my normal stuff on there in case I want to change, but I can't see myself wanting calm soft music. I need to jam.

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Good question! And let me tell ya, it *is* important. My last pg ended with an emergency c-section at 33.5 weeks, so we didn't bring our own music or even think about expressing a preference in the OR... so my twins were delivered to the sweet strains of...





....CROCODILE ROCK!
Yeah, um, NOT what I would have chosen!

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....CROCODILE ROCK!
Yeah, um, NOT what I would have chosen!
Waaaaaaa-lalalala-laaaaaa!



I also just pictured my self screaming during pushing with "Shout at the Devil" playing in the background. LOL

I think I'll need something energetic, and nothing depressing. I think Crocodile Rock would do just fine!

Oh hey, whatabout some ragtime. I'm totally blasting the Maple Leaf Rag through my labor! Yeah!

Oh boy, I won't subject you guys to my taste in music any further.

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Dave Matthews Band all the way! I can't imagine anything else.

ETA-I'm sure that wasn't helpful to you at all. : I know people have talked about Enya and music like that, because it's calming.
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I listened to tribal music with lots of drums. I prefer primitive music while birthing.

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I was just talking to my partner about this. I'm not sure what type of music. Probably some jazz. They actually have built music systems in the delivery room so we'll just plug the i-Pod in and go!

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I never listened to my carefully crafted playlists last time, but it was nice knowing that music was an option. I made two: one mellow (no lyrics, soothing stuff), and one hyper/energetic.
I don't think I noticed anything beyond what my body was doing by the time we got to the hospital-I was in some sort of primal wookie cave...

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I never listened to my carefully crafted playlists last time, but it was nice knowing that music was an option. I made two: one mellow (no lyrics, soothing stuff), and one hyper/energetic.
I don't think I noticed anything beyond what my body was doing by the time we got to the hospital-I was in some sort of primal wookie cave...
I've heard a lot of stories like this, where you somewhat loose conscious thought or your conscious mind goes to "another place" during labor. I don't see that happening to me but it sounds like a pretty cool experience, despite the pain. I guess you really have to focus your energy. Wow, it all just sounds so crazy to me!

I like the tribal music idea! Although, I think I would be too inclined to paint my face up and start carving spears or something.

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I never listened to my carefully crafted playlists last time, but it was nice knowing that music was an option. I made two: one mellow (no lyrics, soothing stuff), and one hyper/energetic.
I don't think I noticed anything beyond what my body was doing by the time we got to the hospital-I was in some sort of primal wookie cave...

Exactly. I carefully planned music, was all excited about the jetted tub, which I DEFINITELY thought I'd use, birthing ball ....um, all I did was pace and pace and pace and pace around that room like a tiger at the zoo in a small cage, lol. Definitely couldn't have cared less was music was playing; I think we did play some but honestly can't remember for sure. I was like--PLAY WHATEVER YOU WANT---pace, pace pace, pace, LOL.
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I didn't use music last time. I had a playlist created. I'm big on the intelligent RnB and Rap (not the junkie HO, B*tch kind) and on mellow rock. I felt I'd need two things: uplifting music with a great beat to keep my energy up and mellow music that allowed me to relax.
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Personally, all I wanted was silence and quietness around.
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It's neat to read everyone's choices. I like a little bit of everything, but honestly I don't know if I'll want something laid back like Dave Matthews whom I love, or something hard like Disturbed for motivation. I'm also a Jimmy Buffet fan, so who knows. I may want silence. I have a list on projectplaylist.com I may just download, has all sorts of music from Jimmy, to Missy Elliot to the Beastie Boys... and uh maybe a Celine Dion song (A New Day), too

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With my son, I planned on laboring through Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to the movie Passion (never saw the movie, but the soundtrack was great), and a drumming CD... it was either Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, or another one that my hubby has. Honestly, I don't remember most of it! I was so out of it, I didn't really hear the music.

Dancing is good in labor, but I would think that more sensuous, hip gyrating stuff would be better than just rocking out Like belly dancing would probably be ideal.

This time, I have no idea what I will play during labor... whatever other people want, I suppose, since I will probably be in "the zone" and not consciously hear it anyway.
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I really liked the soundtracks from Pirates of the Caribbean. My husband had them on his MP3 player and since we forgot my soothing CD's int he other car, this is what we had

I wore the headphones and pumped it up during contractions and turned it off in between. It helped me to "escape" into myself instead of being distracted by things around me (even though my dh and doula were great about minimizing distractions anyway)

So my vote is to have some hard pumping music because you might be surprised what mood you're in
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Fyoosh I love love love Peter Gabriel! I'm making a new list and will be adding lots of his. Thanks for the reminder

Muppet You know, one of my favorite scores was on the first Pirates soundtrack - have to add it too. Maybe thinking about Johnny Depp will help, too

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I am looking for the most calming music possible, so I've reserved a number of the "Healing Sounds" series from my local library. I'd also like to have the sounds of nyabinghi drums as well; it is a drum beat that carries the beat of the heart.

Check this for an amazing way to bring your little one in with the sound he/she is most used to: http://youtube.com/watch?v=z3WA9iHz5ww
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funkymum thank you for that. It was beautiful. It made me cry. Wish I could sing like that!!
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I have Ken making a playlist with lots of jazz on it for me. Something very soothing and relaxing.

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I'm not going to bother this time. I brought stuff: music, jolly ranchers to suck on, massage oil, etc... the other times. I couldn't even imagine opening the bag. I know from past experience that by the time I get to the hospital the last thing I want is sound (music, talking) or stuff with scent or, well, anything really. I did use the tub but I needed lights low, no talking, no sound. I would have freaked if there was any sound on at all. I'm definitely in "labor land" during active labor. If someone pulls me out of it, omg, they have to pay!
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I love anything by the Innocence Mission - super mellow. I used their CD "Now the Day is Over" lullabye CD for ds #1 in labor...loved it! Also use it during relaxation to practice for labor.
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I would have punched anyone in the nose for playing music during any of my labors.

I need uninterrupted QUIET to labor.

Dh was able to keep dd quiet with a movie downstairs last time, but to hear it occasionally in the background was maddening and very distracting.
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Probably some Dixie Chicks (I love the Dixie Chicks), the Dead, and Ubaka Hill.

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Patrick O'Hearn-Ancient Dreams

It is a beautiful instrumental compliation that makes me think of nature, woodsy, watery areas. Just gorgeous

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I like to listen to nothing but the sounds of my husband's loving, encouraging words, my children in the background and my own moaning.
Bellydance originated with women dancing for women in childbirth. The movements mimic what the body needs to do to help the baby move down and out. There are many prenatal bellydance classes cropping up around the nation. I use my bellydancing in preparation for labor to get baby into a good position and in labor and it feels great. Nice swaying hip movements, big and small hip circles (like you are drawing a big circle on the floor with your bottom, slightly bent knees and feet under the hips), hip circles can be done on a birth ball too. I tell my birth class to get down and dirty with the birth ball rolling the hips around and around. Belly rolls are great too. Snake hips feel good in preparation for labor (draw a figure 8 by lifting one hip and dropping the other in a smooth swaying motion). It is essential that baby finds a good position in the pelvis to have a smooth labor. Dancing helps!
Lose the inhibitions and get in touch with that feminine, sexy, beautiful woman. This will help you feel less inhibited if you are having a hospital birth. Let's face it.... birth is an incredibly intimate process and you must allow yourself to be relaxed with your body even when others are present. So practice getting in touch with that woman side of yourself now!
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Lose the inhibitions and get in touch with that feminine, sexy, beautiful woman. This will help you feel less inhibited if you are having a hospital birth. Let's face it.... birth is an incredibly intimate process and you must allow yourself to be relaxed with your body even when others are present. So practice getting in touch with that woman side of yourself now!
This made me ! I tend to "get down and dirty" with myself on a regular basis, and shake my booty all over the place when ever I get a chance. I usually do this to entertain myself while cleaning, doing laundry, etc. I thought I was just a crazy fool, I never thought it could be helpful!

I will try to focus on the movements you suggested! It sounds like good exercise.

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Well, with #1 I wanted to listed to Bob Dylan ... meet me in the morning 56th and wabasha... dun dun dun I labored in the early morning so it was perfect

who knows what I'll feel for this time. or if i get time to listen to anything!

I've got three monkeys jumping on the bed!!

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