music for L&D

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music for L&D

So, i've been thinking a lot about what i'd like my L&D to entail.. i really was interested in the Bradley Method or at least incorporate some of the teachings in...however, i haven't really been able to find anything on the internet that actually goes into detail about what i'm suppose to do to relax.

So, that got me thinking that i'd like to maybe have some music playing in the background so if the pain is rough, i have something i can sing to or focus on.... I am open to pain meds, but i'd like to see if i can do some of it without it and the Epidural still freaks me out...lol.

So... Do i want just relaxation music (just music like ocean waves, birds chirping, etc) or do i get music i can sing to or do i get an actual relaxation CD (someone talks in the background with music)?

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I have no advice as far as music goes, it just depends on what you'll find the most relaxing/distracting I think. When I was going through my induction (which they started at 9pm at night), DH & I watched movies on his laptop to keep ourselves occupied. Once the contractions got really bad though, there wasn't a thing in the world that would have distracted me (my first epi failed so I got to experience hours of Pitocin-induced contractions on my own..yee-ouch!). Anyway, I never had planned on trying to do it on my own though so I was prepared for that.

Sorry that wasn't helpful...just my experience. Hope you find something that works for you! Smile

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I didn't use music last time, but I think I'm just going to play some soothing classical music in the background this time.

If you are interested in trying for a natural birth, the natural birthing board has a resource sticky you might want to check out, also a great place to ask questions. Smile

You should really look for a book or two in regards to relaxation during birth. I've heard great things about the Bradley method, but I'm not sure if they have a homestudy or not. I really like Dr Sears Birth book for first timers because it is really open to making your own choices but also talks about how to relax, different positions, etc. It is not in-depth but a decent starting point - similar to if you took a birth class. Hypnobabies is also a great homestudy for someone who really wants a natural birth, the homestudy is about $150 though, so have to decide if you are really serious to buy it.

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The class I took did like a guided meditation type thing. The woman played the soft music of ocean waves and talked us through a scene that was meant to relax us. It personally was not my cup of a tea, but I know several of the others did like it. She recommended ocean wave music because you can internally visualize the pain sort of "washing away". Plus the rhythmic pattern of the waves coming and going can help you keep steady pace of your breathing, which I have to imagine helps a lot.

That's just my 2 cents though!

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I brought music last time, but when the contractions started to get bad I found it just annoyed the heck out of me. But I am also one of those people who stripped halfway through, so everything was annoying, even my clothes:ROFL:

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"rebgrace" wrote:

I brought music last time, but when the contractions started to get bad I found it just annoyed the heck out of me. But I am also one of those people who stripped halfway through, so everything was annoying, even my clothes:ROFL:

I 100% agree with this, in the end I did not even want anyone to hold my hand or rub my back. 2 things I loved in early labor.