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any suggestions of good music for labor? i just found 'canyon trilogy' by r. carlos nakai, which is amazing. VERY relaxing. looking for other calming, relaxing music to labor by.
 

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I found a CD of ocean sounds for my last labour. Loved the sound of waves crashing on the beach. But then again, I am a displaced west coast girl!
 

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My one friend listened to some Pablo Casals cello concertos, but another friend swore by AC/DC's Back in Black album. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm planning on taking my whole CD collection and just going w/ whatever strikes me, but high on my list is a collection of Australian Aboriginal womens' chants. I find them very soothing and empowering at the same time...
 

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i always listened to Pachabel's Cannon while prepping for birth. I would visualize, relax and do HypnoBirthing scripts to it. We used it during birth and it was very comforting to have already practiced relaxing to it prior to labor. In fact, when my son was about a year old, I was at the computer and my husband was watching TV in the same room. All of a sudden I felt my jaw relax, my shoulders untighten and I could barely lift up my head. I turned around to see a comercial that used Pachabel's Cannon in the background. How funny was that!?!?! After all that time Pachabel's Cannon still makes me release.
 

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I loved Sarah McGlaughlin during my last labor. The music now makes me cry because I get so overwhelmed just thinking about the birth.
 

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that is so awesome! my plan is to listen to the labor music we pick out while taking baths or getting a massage from dh...so that i condition myself to have a relaxed response to the music.<br><br>
i need to work on relaxing my jaw though. i carry all my tension in my jaw and in my butt! hee hee.
 

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For me it's Sarah MacLaughlin, Loreena McKennit, Enya, Enigma, Tracy Chapman, and I have some kinda atmospheric new agey type stuff with ocean waves, thunderstorms, etc. a couple of generic yoga cds that I really like too.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wasnt conciously thinking about laboring to music, but last week, we were watching a movie, and in the end it had an Enya song playing.<br>
It hit me, send shivers through me, and I said" This is what I am going to labor to".<br><br>
I also have Tracy Chapman and Sarah Mclaughlin, that I will probably take with me.
 

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I was going to go with Enya for Meg but ended up wanting silence. This time around it's going to be hypnobirthing scripts.
 

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Hello<br>
Not to be the only negative person in the group but I would be careful. I can't listen to my labor music from last time without feeling really uncomfortable. What I am saying is I would never suggest for someone to use their favorite music because there is a possibility of this happening.
 

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I agree, it is not the music, but the fact that you can relax while listening to it. I am doing a hypnobabies home study course and listening to classical music when I pratice the self hypnosis. I am hoping that having relaxed to this music will help during the birth. I am also taking a variety of CDs just because I won`t know what I will want when the time comes. I may wish for slience.<br>
Not sure if this helps. Best wishes for a relaxing birth.<br>
Kathryn
 

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Sarah McLACHLAN (FYI: correct spelling, in case someone does a search for her and comes up empty!). My absolute favorite artist ever. Did you know she has a new single out and a new album coming in a month or two?? SOOOO excited!! I've been waiting FIVE years for this! JUST IN TIME for birth music! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
OK, sorry to be so OT and slightly obsessive! LOL<br><br>
My other favorite artist is George Winston. I listened to his CD Plains while I was in the tub for a while. Kept asking for dh to turn it on again, I felt bad if the mw's were getting sick of it! The BEST part of my ds' birth video is the clip of me in the pool relaxing b/n contrax, the lights are off, the Christmas tree is twinkling behind me and George Winston is playing Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" in the background. Oh what a moment to be captured, especially since I don't remember it happening!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Oh, and one mw was snoozing on the couch! LOL<br><br>
So that's my vote. Enya too, though. VERY soothing, if you like her music.
 
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