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From Pavarotti to "Push It:" Your labor playlists

After hearing this story on National Public Radio about listening to music while in labor, we asked you on our Facebook page if you had a labor playlist.  Here’s what you told us.

Music to give you an extra “push:”

  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Aerosmith (“The nurses said it sounded like I was having a party in my room.”)
  • Faith of the Heart (theme from Star Trek: Enterprise)
  • Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Steppenwolf
  • U2
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Country music
  • Salt n’ Pepa (Push It!)
  • Bob Marley
  • Phish
  • The Police
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Band of Horses
  • Fleet foxes
  • Damien Marley
  • Jason Mraz
  • And a number of you said “80’s music” (“Baby was born to Don’t Stop Believing and Jump!”)

Calming music:

  • Mozart
  • Vivaldi
  • Ocean sounds
  • Hawaiian-style instrumentals
  • What a Wonderful World/Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Classical guitar
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Meditation music/nature sounds
  • Pandora “Michael Hedges” music channel, and “Ludovico Einaudi” music channel
  • The Reiki Hands of Light CD
  • Praise Baby CDs
  • Opera


Some of you provided your own accompaniment!

  • “Only the music of my own voice.  I ‘Ommed’ through the whole 7 hours. My husband tells me ‘You can hold a note.’”
  • “Nothing except the music of me hollerin!!”
  • “I loved listening to my baby’s heartbeat. It calmed me down.”

And then some of you said you didn’t want music (“I liked it quiet”), or had no time for it (“I almost had him in the car!”).