Music in labour

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So I'm making an iPod playlist to take into hospital with me... anyone got any recommendations for good music to listen to in labour? I don't think I had any last time, but hoping for a more relaxed experience this time (pfffft) and might be nice to chill with a few tunes early on...

Meg (Meg Busset), Saturday, 18 April 2009 18:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Ha. We had this on our list of things to do. But someone showed up two weeks early. I remember a request for nina Simone.

If Snotboogie always stole the money, why'd you let him play? (Dr. Superman), Saturday, 18 April 2009 19:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I remember listening to a lot of Cat Power, which was nice, though a bit melancholy.

schwantz, Saturday, 18 April 2009 21:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks. It's hard to look through your iTunes and think, "Hmm, what will sound good when I'm in excruciating agony?" So far I've burned Talk Talk's 'Spirit Of Eden', Scenic's 'Acquatica' and Spiritualized's 'Songs In A&E' (seemed apt...)

Meg (Meg Busset), Saturday, 18 April 2009 22:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I took tons of cds with me and didn't listen to any - I was too 'in the zone' to even think of music, so I can't help I'm afraid!

Vicky, Sunday, 19 April 2009 12:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Same here - I think maybe if I'd had a longer labour I would have listened to something at the start, but in the event it was the furthest thing from my mind.

Archel, Monday, 20 April 2009 10:02 (thirteen years ago) link

We have a piano in the room where jr is due to arrive any day now - I think my hamfisted rendition of chopsticks will surely chivvy things along.

Stevie T, Monday, 20 April 2009 10:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Ooh, are you having a home birth? <jealous>

Meg (Meg Busset), Monday, 20 April 2009 10:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I forgot to bring any music, and the room had cable tv so I ended up watching a Mad Men marathon. It helped distract from the pain and seemed to make the time pass a little more quickly.

Nicodle Otago (Nicole), Monday, 20 April 2009 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Music? Christ, didn't even think about music. I did bring books (one focusing on sexuality in the middle ages which of course made a midwife go o0). Didn't read music of course.

What about Salt"n"Peppa Push It? heehee. I think I'd go for some Shuggie Otis, Portishead,...

A homebirth! I'm beyond jealous although I'd be too scared to contemplate it. :-)

the tip of the tongue taking a trip tralalala (stevienixed), Tuesday, 21 April 2009 08:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, at this rate I might not get my relaxing water-birth-with-iPod anyway. Apparently the baby is measuring big, and if I don't go into labour naturally by next Tuesday they might have to induce me (due date was yesterday but head isn't engaged and no sign of anything imminent).

SO I have a week to get this baby moving!

Meg (Meg Busset), Tuesday, 21 April 2009 17:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Stardust by Willie Nelson.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 21 April 2009 19:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Meg, you know you don't have to give in to their bullying tactics, don't you? That estimating birthweights is never an exact science even when using ultrasound? Anyway, a week is a long time in overdue land!

Vicky, Tuesday, 21 April 2009 20:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, well the same midwife kept telling me all through my pregnancy with Howie that he was going to be a big baby, and he was 7lb 4oz! So I'm not too worried at the moment, but still hoping I'll go into labour naturally before next week and thus solve the problem.

Meg (Meg Busset), Tuesday, 21 April 2009 22:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Woman in labo(u)r - what's on your iPod?

schwantz, Tuesday, 21 April 2009 23:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Stardust by Willie Nelson.

Good call. I'm going to put that on right now!

If Snotboogie always stole the money, why'd you let him play? (Dr. Superman), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, at this rate I might not get my relaxing water-birth-with-iPod anyway. Apparently the baby is measuring big, and if I don't go into labour naturally by next Tuesday they might have to induce me (due date was yesterday but head isn't engaged and no sign of anything imminent).

This is what happened with me, it ended up going pretty well. But hopefully things will happen naturally before then.

Nicodle Otago (Nicole), Wednesday, 22 April 2009 13:43 (thirteen years ago) link

one focusing on sexuality in the middle ages

Just out of interest - what was this book?

weight and bulk are your enemies (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 24 April 2009 21:50 (thirteen years ago) link


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