Labor Music

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Labor Music

So what do you like to listen to while you are in labor?

The last two times I found I didn't do such a great job of figuring out in advance what I wanted to listen to and my ipod options seemed to mostly annoy me rather than relax me Wink

This time I am trying to more proactively set up music that I like, and listen to it daily while I meditate/relax and think about the birth.

What do you like to listen to while you are laboring? Different music for early or active labor? No music at all?

This time I would LOVE it if my little kids are awake for early labor, I can't imagine anything more fun than dancing with my wee ones to some of our favorite songs while labor comes on. For later on I have loaded up my two favorite yoga CD's ~

Girish (Shiva Machine) and Snatam Kaur (Kundalini meditation music).

What are you thinking? Any good leads on great music/chants/etc?

TIA Smile

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I had a whole ton of music set up for my first birth. Awesome Fijian chants, African choirs, Irish pipes etc. For some reason world music just calls to me for during birth. Maybe it's another way to stay connected to the earth. Also, I like not always being able to understand the language. I just like feeling the melodies, less to think about - more to enjoy.

I birthed so fast I listened to nothing. There was no time and I didn't remember. I was kinda bummed for awhile about that actually.

I have a similar list this time. I plan on having it all set up with a sign over it, so hopefully at least someone will notice and turn it on. lol.

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Jordan ~ Exactly, it was the WORDS that were annoying and distracting (in a bad way) to me! Smile

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I've actually already started my play list. Mellow stuff (which is largely what I listen to anyways), stuff I can sing along with to distract myself. Ben Harper's "my own two hands", Led Zeppelin's "Black Mountain, White Summer", and I'll probably be cliche and go with Angle by Machlachan and some enya. Oh, and Joni Mitchell. Lots of Joni Mitchell:)

ETA: Ooh oooh, I thought of two other goods ones: Baby Mine, sung by Allison Krauss, and "Deliver Us" from prince of egypt. These are what I sing to get my little boy to sleep.:)

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You know I had not even thought of this since last time I had all this stuff set up. Labor music, candles, everything. And then when I went into labor I did not care at all what my space was like I was so in the zone. But who knows if this time will be different. I am not a fan of music without words, but I could see how words would be annoying. Not even sure where my music is right now, should find that on the computer.

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I just made a playlist with all my favorite songs. About halfway through my labour I wanted quiet and had it turned off. But I didn't have any instrumental only music. I may have liked that throughout. Who knows.

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I bought this album from the iTunes store and have it on my iPod to come on after my nighttime relaxation exercise. I listened to snippets of A LOT of meditation/yoga/new age music before I found it and it all really irritated me, but I find this very soothing.

http://www.liquidmindmusic.com/serenity/index.html

I also plan to make a playlist of my favorite songs that have happy/appropriate lyrics and are reasonably mellow, in case I turn out to be in the mood for that. The one song I know I really want to hear is Patty Griffin's "Heavenly Day". I asked my DH if it would be wrong to just put it on repeat, and he said of course not but that even I might get pretty tired of it after an hour or so Wink

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I had quite a few playlists for labor just in case. My favorite ended up being a list of my favorite songs. I was able to sit and listen and dance around a little bit and singing the lyrics kept my mind off the contractions. But, there was a couple times when I wanted slower gentler music so I switched it over. I would suggest getting a bunch of different stuff and making playlists with the different genres.

(my favorite song during labor was Metallica's Whiskey in the Jar. before that I liked it but it wasn't my favorite, but I latched onto it during labor. now, it makes me smile when I hear it because it reminds me of my son)

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"cactuswren" wrote:

The one song I know I really want to hear is Patty Griffin's "Heavenly Day". I asked my DH if it would be wrong to just put it on repeat, and he said of course not but that even I might get pretty tired of it after an hour or so Wink

Too funny ~ "Don't come easy" by patti griffin is like the #1 song on my early labor playlist ~ I can listen to that song over and over!!! I love her!

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"Potter75" wrote:

Too funny ~ "Don't come easy" by patti griffin is like the #1 song on my early labor playlist ~ I can listen to that song over and over!!! I love her!

Me too...she's coming here on Tuesday and I want to go soooooooo badly but it's really expensive Sad

More suggestions of good labor songs always welcome!!

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I had a playlist for my first birth--some Josh Groban, Celtic Woman, Mozart, and instrumental hymn arrangements by Lex de Azevedo Smile I remember specifically listening to the hymns.

For my second, I just wanted to listen to the Hypnobabies scripts the whole time.