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My Birth Mix

By Lauren Hartmann |

In the name of being prepared, I’ve come up with a birth mix for during and after labor.

Realistically, I don’t really know if I’ll feel like listening to anything.  I’m kind of a quiet, focused, solitude kind of girl when it comes to tasks.  I don’t want anyone in the room with me during labor except for my husband Craig and who knows how I’ll feel about that when the time comes.  If it comes down to it I can always go hide out in the bathroom, right?  In a lot of birthing books I’ve read they actually suggest going into the bathroom and sitting on the toilet – it’s quiet in there and it’s the position you need to be in anyway, so it’s kind of perfect.

But, I digress, back to the birth mix.  I made one anyway – actually I made two of them.  ”Part One” includes upbeat music for the early stages of labor and “Part Two” is more relaxing music that I can also use as a nice background post delivery for what I’d like to think of as “The Afterglow”.  I thought it would be nice to have a background soundtrack to fall in love with our daughter too.  I know that music isn’t necessary for one to fall in love, but it’s still nice.

Read after the jump to see what’s on my birth mix!

Here is “Part One”:  Upbeat Birth Mix

*(Includes a bit of Cake, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson and even a little ODB, because you never know what you might be motivating.)

Birth Mix: Upbeat by Lauren on Grooveshark

And….here is “Part Two”: Relaxation/Afterglow Birth Mix

*(Includes Iron & Wine, M. Ward, Johnny Cash, Ray LaMontagne, etc…)

Birth Mix: Relaxation/Afterglow by Lauren on Grooveshark

Do you have a birth mix?  If so, what’s on it?

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Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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  1. Erin says:

    Making 4 (yes- 4) birth mixes was one of the best things I did to prepare for labour and delivery. Music has always been a big part of my life and I knew I could find calm and focus and inspiration in my digital “mixed tapes”. We bought a small iPod dock and it was the first thing to get set up.

    I had Mellow Jazz (Blossom Dearie, Chet Baker, Coltrane, Ella & Louis…), Mellow Classical, Mellow Other (Rachel’s, Do Make Say Think, Adele, Mum, Sigur Ros, Nick Drake…), and Upbeat Other (Bjork, lots of Motown, Flight of the Conchords, Beatles, Al Green, Otis Redding…). I ended up using all 3 of the mellow ones and HATED the upbeat one. I was surprised, but it just irritated me at the time. I focussed mostly on the jazz mix.

    I picked music that I knew I loved and was emotionally attached to or moved by so that I could really hear it and escape a little bit if I needed to. I remember desperately singing along as a point of focus through some rougher contractions.

    My baby girl came into the world when “Tenderly” (Ella & Louis) was playing. (“I can’t forget, how two hearts met …”)

    When we moved to the recovery room to set up for the night, we plugged it back in and had the music on all night. My memories of our first night as a family are beautifully soundtracked. The nurses and our neighbours said they loved the very subtle Miles Davis trumpet they could occasionally hear down the hall.

    When we came home, we would play the mixes on very low all night while we all slept. That was just over a year ago. A few days ago I was in a coffee shop and one of the songs on one the mixes came on and I started weeping! Ha! My husband had to giggle at me a little to get me to gain my composure :)

    Anyway — for me, it worked beautifully and was one of the top 5 essential elements of our experience. I will absolutely be using music again for our next birth. If you want my full list let me know — I’d be happy to share!

  2. Crystal says:

    Hi Lauren! I’ve been following your blog for a while. I’ll first say that we didn’t have music while giving birth because I had a section (twice) but the music we listened to in our hospital room afterwards instrumental, relaxing, meditation-y type music the whole time. It was very relaxing and peaceful. One of the nurses actually commented on how our room was always very calm and soothing but it was just me and hubby with the baby and no visitors.

    Just like the commenter above, we listened to the music in our room all night and for a several weeks after we got home and our baby was sleeping our room.

  3. Smash says:

    I love you mixes friend! I will have to enlist your help in making a mix when I get preggo one day!

  4. Nikki says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your journey! I had my baby boy in Oct and I used the Hypnobabies cds. I listened to them all the time while I was pregnant- there’s even one that you can listen to in your car that doesn’t have hypnotic induction on it. They’re filled with positive affirmations and messages. I felt very Stuart Smally listening to them, but I they helped so much to completely zone out and get the job done. Do not under estimate the toilet! It’s actually where I had my babe and at first I was thinking, “Oh great! I’m that woman that had her baby on the toilet!” But, seriously, it’s the perfect position, you’re supported and it’s the perfect place to let go! LOL! Good luck in the coming weeks!!

  5. Lindsay says:

    A lot of the songs on your part 2 playlist are on my own labor/delivery playlist!! I feel like you should definitely add “The First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes :)

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