Spotify creates ultimate birthing playlist for mums in labour

Many mums like to put together a list of songs to help them through the painful waves of labour. Last week Spotify took this idea one step further by releasing a birthing playlist.

Come and take a look at what songs made the list.

Created in partnership with an American obstetrician, Spotify’s Birthing Playlist has 30 songs to get you through the stages of labour.

“The playlist mirrors the birthing experience, starting with songs that are slow and mellow, then transitioning into songs with a stronger beat for when it’s time to push, and concluding with Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1″ performed by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma for the moment women first meet their newborns,” Spotify trumpets.

Of course, labour is not a one-size-fits-all kind of experience, but we’re pretty impressed with the song selection.


So what made the Birthing Playlist?

1. Pearl Jam – Just Breathe
2. James Bay – Let It Go
3. Regina Spektor – Don’t Leave Me
4. Sigur Rós – Festival
5. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism
6. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
7. Norah Jones – Sunrise
8. Craft Spells – After the Moment
9. Xavier Rudd – Follow the Sun
10. Lucinda Williams – Fruits of My Labor
11. John Lennon – Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
12. Colbie Caillat – Capri
13. D’Angelo – Really Love
14. Milton Nascimento – Nos Bailes Da Vida
15. Coldplay – Don’t Panic
16. Fleet Foxes – Your Protector
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
18. Kygo, Maty Noyes  – Stay
19. Pink – Try
20. Muse – Starlight
21. John Legend – All of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Remix)
22. David Bowie, Queen – Under Pressure
23. U2 – With or Without You
24. Wilco – Impossible Germany
25. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
26. R.E.M. – Nightswimming
27. Patty Griffin – Heavenly Day
28. Iron & Wine — Naked As We Came
29. Beyoncé – Blue
30. Johann Sebastian Bach, Yo-Yo Ma – Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1

Bob Marley said it best – “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” But, then again, Bob Marley never went through labour.

Can listening to music really make labour less painful?

According to the co-creator of the list, Dr. Jacques Mortiz, “Music strongly influences our central nervous system’s limbic system which manages our memories, emotions, and how we deal with fear and pain. It makes sense that women would turn to music during childbirth as a source of comfort and strength.”

Music is often used as an escape mechanism with more than 90,000 “push playlists” currently featured on Spotify. Many mums also use music to bring on labour as well as dancing to get through the labour pains.

What do you think of the Birthing Playlist, Babyologists? I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t stick in Puddle of Mudd’s She Hates Me for when you want to kill your partner midway through the experience, but maybe that’s just me!

(via Huffington Post)

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