Third Trimester

Q&A: Good Music For Labor?

Some of my friends have played music during their labor and delivery, and it seems like a good idea. What songs should I include on my playlist?

You can’t plan how labor and delivery are going to progress, but you can prepare the soundtrack. Multiple studies show that music, by promoting relaxation, can help cut down on pain; in other words, you definitely should have that iPod in the delivery room.

Here are some ideas for creating your personal childbirth playlist in case you want to listen to something other than the anesthesiologist's voice and your partner’s encouragement.

If you’ve been crying for 40 weeks and the scrapbook is already huge...
“Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder
“Beautiful Day," by U2
“Daughters,” by John Mayer
“Father and Son,” by Cat Stevens
“Hold On,” by Wilson Phillips

If you prefer black onesies...
“Push It,” by Salt-N-Pepa
“Snow (Hey Oh),” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Love Stoned,” by Justin Timberlake
“Hey Baby,” by No Doubt
“Stronger,” by Kanye West

If yoga class and Lamaze have you feeling just fine...
“Three Little Birds,” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Comfortably Numb,” by Pink Floyd
“O-o-h Child,” by the Five Stairsteps
“(They Long To Be) Close to You,” by Carpenters
“One Sweet World,” by Dave Matthews Band

If you conceived on vacation...
“Margaritaville,” by Jimmy Buffet
“Better Together,” by Jack Johnson
“Somewhere over the Rainbow,” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
“Paradise,” by Sade
“Soak up the Sun,” by Sheryl Crow

By Alonna Friedman