4 types of songs every labouring mum needs in the delivery room

Katy Perry Roar

Planning a song playlist for your impending labour day? Don’t forget to include a song from each of these genres. From girl power to ballads to fist pumpers, these are the theme tunes to have on your special day, guaranteed to match every phase of labour you go through.

1. Girl Power Tunes

You can do this, sista. These tunes will keep you fired up and feeling super strong and invincible like the awesome female you are. Perfect for early labour when you’re side-swiped by the actual pain of contractions and excited that this is finally happening. 

Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls

Not only is this song bright and cheery, but the lyrics are positive and may even get you bopping about in the delivery room, if you’ve got the energy.

I will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

You might not be going through a break-up, but the sentiment of this song will still see you through the most challenging parts of your labour.

Roar – Katy Perry

A big voice and a big song – you can channel your inner tiger to help you ROAR through your contractions.

Run the World – Beyonce

Who run the world? Girls. Nothing says this like the miracle of birth, huh?

2. Gentle and relaxing

After a while, you might realise that labour is going to be a long haul. These gentle melodies will soothe the soul and keep you feeling inspired…

You’re beautiful – James Blunt

Because a labouring mama needs to be reminded.

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

This lovely and positive tune will remind you of the amazing bundle on its way to you.

Ain’t no Mountain – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

“Don’t you know that there ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you, baby”. A perfect little tune to keep you focused on getting to your baby.

Teardrop – Massive Attack

The film clip for this song features a baby in the womb and the lyrics are wonderfully inspirational and relaxing.

3. Fist Pump Anthems

For when your energy might be flagging, these songs will help you and your partner hang in there like the champions you are…

We Are the Champions

Freddie wants you to keep on fighting, right to the end.

Tubthumping – Chumbawumba

I get knocked down, but I get up again, You are never gonna keep me down. I dare you not to get this catchy song stuck in your head.

Beautiful Day – U2

You might be in agony when you hear this song, but it will mark one of your most beautiful days in history.

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves

You can’t help but feel energised when you hear this tune.

4. Keeping Things Light

Trust me, things can get pretty serious in the delivery room, especially if it’s been a long day/night and things are getting a bit edgy. These tunes will give you a giggle and ease any stress in the room. The hospital staff might enjoy them too.

Push it – Salt N Pepa

This song isn’t about birth so much, but the lyrics just work.

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees

There’s something about this tune that is groovy and oh-so-cool. Just hearing those high-pitched voices will dissolve any tension in the room.

Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliott

If I could have my births over I’d be playing this song just to see the midwives’ faces.

All night Long – Lionel Richie

There’s a good chance your labour could go all night long, but what’s to stress about when Lionel’s singing this sweet 80’s tune?

What songs do you have on your labour playlist? Share them with us in the Facebook comments.

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