Music is my life.
I need a playlist for getting ready in the morning. Running. Exercising. Working. Cleaning. Sex.
Just about everything I do has a playlist.
So of course I had a playlist for labor and delivery. With my first child, I had only what I considered to be “spiritual” music. This was the meditation music. The relaxing music I envisioned giving birth to. And as labor got more and more intense, this music did nothing for me.
So this time I had a variety of music with me. I had meditation music, but I also had R&B and neosoul. I had a list of some my favorite slow songs of all time. Some old. Some new. But all of it touch my soul in different ways. This music got me through the intensity of labor. As I started to transition, I barely noticed the contractions cause I was singing and jamming to these songs that have been my lifeline at times.
Here is the playlist.
I must warn you. It is eclectic.
Feel free to borrow a few songs for your playlist. But remember, the songs you play for your own labor must be songs you have a spiritual connection to, a history with, and keep you open.
My Labor & Delivery Playlist
- Power of Now, Faith Rivera
- From A Distance, Bette Midler
- God Is, Faith Rivera
- Feelings, Floetry
- Sometimes U Make Me Smile, Floetry
- Forever, Gabriela Anders
- Be Good To You, Vivian Green
- One Woman, Jade
- Believe, Faith Rivera
- Heaven, Kem
- Ain’t Nothing But Love, Vivian Green
- Scared of Lonely, Beyoncé
- Bring It On Home to Me, Sam Cooke
- Perfect Decision, Vivian Green
- Colors of the Wind, Judy Kuhn
- You Put a Move On My Heart, Quincy Jones & Tamia
- Love Will Be Waiting At Home, For Real
- You Were Loved, Whitney Houston
- The Voice Within, Christina Aguilera
- Sittin’ Up In My Room, Brandy
- The Color Purple, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray
- Gravity, Mausiki Scales & Common Ground feat. Ingrid Sibley
- Rush Rush, Paula Abdul
- Everchanging Times (Theme from Baby Boom), Siedah Garrett
- Who Would Imagine a King, Whitney Houston
- Heaven’s Here On Earth, Tracy Chapman
- I’m Ready, Tracy Chapman
- At This Point In My Life, Tracy Chapman