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#1 Cloria

Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:13 PM

I know it's one of those things that ultimately is each to their own, but was wondering what sort of music people were going to take into labour?

I'm going to go on a hunt tonight and try to put some different playlists together.

#2 spear_maiden

Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

Thanks for this thread, Cloria.  I need some inspiration as I cannot come up with anything that appeals.  Look forward to the replies!

All I can think of so far is maybe a collection of my fave songs that make me smile and calm me but not sure how many I can come up.  A few Josh Pyke songs?  

Help pls wink.gif

#3 Jingle Flea

Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:19 PM

My midwives said NO Enya or Celine Dion or whale songs.

But only because they are sick of hearing them for the last million years lol.


Just whatever you have on your ipod. That's what i did then never listened to any of it lol.

#4 aprilrain

Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:46 PM

QUOTE (Jenflea @ 17/02/2013, 01:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My midwives said NO Enya or Celine Dion or whale songs.

But only because they are sick of hearing them for the last million years lol.


Just whatever you have on your ipod. That's what i did then never listened to any of it lol.



Ha ha! Yep, I've had 4 babies and What music??? I always found it too distracting, people joking around also irritated me. I had one Midwife tell me to "breathe it out into the universe" WT!!

I'm normally fairly easy going biggrin.gif

I think with an MP3 player it is easier. I'd say Enya, peaceful classical. Can you download a "talking book" in case your labour is long before you get to the really painful stage?

#5 GoBack2Bed

Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:49 PM

Don't worry about the lyrics of a song, go with how the song makes you FEEL. I actually used Sarah mclauchlan mirror ball album and Toni child's house of hope album

#6 ~sydblue~

Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

I had a Seal(the black musician, not the animal) CD and a Boys II Men CD.

#7 gasgirl

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:00 PM

what about Salt'n'Pepa "Push it"

#8 sedawson

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

I was too busy sounding like a zoo. I would've drowned out any music playing. My god, I was loud.

#9 Yogurtbliss

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

I used my running playlist for the last hour of my labour, I got completely in the zone and barely noticed anyone in the room, relaxation music maybe earlier in the labour, but pumped up stuff for the business end!

#10 Carmen02

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

i was set up with a cd of nice relaxing peaceful songs and it annoyed the crap out of me in the end lol i found the radio fantastic for distracting me

#11 TwiceThe Woman

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (sedawson @ 17/02/2013, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was too busy sounding like a zoo. I would've drowned out any music playing. My god, I was loud

^^^That is SO funny!  As a midwife, I love, love, love when women give-in into whatever is coming naturally for them; allowing mother nature to move right in and take over their body for that time....... those primordial sounds are just fantastic.

Good to go prepared..... Don't be surprised if what you think you want to hear - you find you can't stand once in labour.
Many women often find they want a quiet atmosphere with no noise (or chatter!)
Go with whatever works for YOU.

#12 redmum77

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:45 PM

Thanks Cloria, I really need to get organized too!

Can we keep this to serious suggestions?

My midwives said they like Enya... Lol! I used Tony O'Connor in the past, but I had been meditating to it for years, which is why it worked so well. This time? Less prep, so I'll take the old music just in case it still works, plus things I love listening to with the kids - random radio songs that we like or something in case I'm feeling upbeat. I might include some Tracey chapman, always makes me feel lucky to live the easy life I have compared to people in her songs, with some Nina Simone maybe. See? A mess! I was also considering Bruce springsteen, Bon Iver, Tallest Man on Earth, iron and wine.... But not sure.

Wel I'm sure that was really helpful. I remember listening to some of the things I took the last times after the birth, rather than in labour, so effort wasn't wasted original.gif



#13 Cloria

Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

Yes I definitely think a good variety it important seeing as I don't know what I'm going to like and what's going to irritate me.

I've been doing some prenatal yoga classes and have liked some of the music they play - relaxation sort of stuff but still with vocals (of some unknown language...). One I recognised when I found it was "Deva Premal  - Gayatri Mantra" if anyone is interested. It might be too meditatey for some.

Other than that if I go through artists I already know and listen to, I seem to be leaning towards females.

The list so far includes:
- Sarah Blasko
- Bertie Blackman
- Kimbra
- Lovers Electric
- City and Colour (male)





#14 frizzle

Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

For ds I listened to Ben folds, he actually came out to the luckiest, gorgeous song.
This time I am going to put Ben back on the play list, some richie sambora his new album is very good. i will also look at what I have so I can have some music on in my room once dd is born as well.

#15 Minxybug

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

I find music that is soft and instrumental works for me.
Will load it on my ipod (add to it from last time) along with my hypnobirthing (again already on ipod)

use it with earphones and just take it out if I have had enough of it

#16 Nataliah

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

Gurrumul is on our list so far.  It is difficult because I mostly listen to rap and hiphop... it just doesn't seem appropriate somehow  unsure.gif

Edited by Nataliah, 17 February 2013 - 08:08 PM.


#17 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

QUOTE (Cloria @ 17/02/2013, 05:33 PM)
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Other than that if I go through artists I already know and listen to, I seem to be leaning towards females.

The list so far includes:
- Sarah Blasko
- Bertie Blackman
- Kimbra
- Lovers Electric
- City and Colour (male)


We saw Sarah Blasko at the Opera House tonight. She was amazing!!

So far I've been thinking:
*Calm Birth tracks - for relaxation & visualisations

*Andrew Bird - for relaxation (love the violin & whistling!)


*I Heart Hiroshima - for motivation during transition (I found their songs great to jog/run to - especially when I was fading!)

And yeah Bon Iver, Iron & Wine & Sarah Blasko would be great additions too original.gif


Edited by WhimsicalDragonfly, 17 February 2013 - 11:18 PM.


#18 Clarial

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

I made and loaded a few play lists onto ipod this week.

One is in anticipation of wanting soothing music (its Celtic Harp music - i know have a laugh!)

but as much as i respond to that sometimes i can also see myself finding it irritating.

SO i also have a playlist of mixed tracks that i titlled 'good memories music'  so its anything that can transport me back to a time/holiday/age that makes me happy or relaxed.  There is a weird mix of stuff there but im confident that it will be a good mix.

Finally, i made a Skin to Skin playlist (i also think ill probably play nothing or everything at the 'wrong'time but since i have the time and inclination to put it together i did)
Skin to Skin playlist has really peaceful beautiful music and is themed to me imagining holding baby boy
I cant recall the songs, but i burst into tears just making this playlist.  

Mele A Ka Pu'uwai 4:19 Keali'i Reichel Eighties / Soft Rock / Old

That is the song that made me howl like a wolf.  Check it out!



Over Rainbow & Wonderful World 4:49 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Ooh Child 3:21                                          Five Stairsteps
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
For The Love Of You 5:40 Isley Brothers

My older sister laughs at me with my bag of almonds and massage oils, but id rather be prepared and use none of it than wish i had something with me and regret it .  Plus its a good distraction to housework as i am certainly not nesting!



#19 Clarial

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:32 AM

Frizzle - that is the most beautiful song.  (Ben Folds - The Luckiest) I can't believe he came out to that - i bet everyone in the room was in pieces. I could cry just thinking about it

Its an ex partner track for me though so must stay well away...
wink.gif

#20 lozoodle

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

To be honest its never crossed my mind to even care if there is music or not lol

If you want some id just take your usual music you enjoy.

#21 frizzle

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE (Clarial @ 18/02/2013, 11:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Frizzle - that is the most beautiful song.  (Ben Folds - The Luckiest) I can't believe he came out to that - i bet everyone in the room was in pieces. I could cry just thinking about it

Its an ex partner track for me though so must stay well away...
wink.gif


I couldn't believe it either. I used it on a montage of pics of him too that I made after he was born and everyone who saw it got teary.



#22 Cloria

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE (Clarial @ 18/02/2013, 11:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My older sister laughs at me with my bag of almonds and massage oils,


haha this made me laugh original.gif

I agree though, better to be over prepared and not use it than wish you had something.

I checked with my hospital and they confirmed they have ipod docks which is good.

#23 redmum77

Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:43 AM

Ooh I know, and I think I will be taking this for vb or CS, Kodo - the Japanese drums. Perfect, very happy with myself for thinking of it, as ive loved the cd I have for years but never thought of it for birthing. Meditative but strong and grounded at the same time....

#24 Neeily

Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:57 AM

I took in my ipod mini which was full of my favourite 'work out' songs. While some people might find opera or Enya or something relaxing, I preferred some of my favourite songs that help me get into that focused zone that you get when you go for a long run. I would suggest just taking in songs that you enjoy so you don't spend the whole itme going 'skip this track, oh skip that one too'.

Also, I liked the ipod so I could just escape into my own little world and not have to talk to anyone for an hour or two. Obviously I took it out when the midwife came in but phase 2 of my labour was really long and I had many, many hours before any proper action started.

#25 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:10 AM

Yep, I think a playlist will be best for me in labour. There is so much on my iPod that I skip through as there are a lot of songs/singers/bands I don't like anymore! Only problem is that I have been having problems with my iMac and it's currently out of action sad.gif We've had the technician out twice now replacing parts but the issues have actually worsened ohmy.gif
It's really frustrating! I think it is time they just give me a new computer. We first contacted them three months ago, and I'm due in five weeks!





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