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10 Songs for Your Labor Playlist

Not gonna lie, I loved making mix tapes back in the day. So when it came time to create a playlist of soothing sounds to help get me through the labor process (one of the most important events of my life!) I took some time to go through my music collection and sift out my favorite songs. I knew I would want sweet ballads about love as well as “I am Woman, Hear Me Roar”-type tunes… I was in the midst of pushing a human out of my vagina, after all. And I think I succeeded. Now, obviously music is in the ear of the beholder, so in case our music tastes don’t gel, let this list just serve as inspiration for creating your own.

Making the “ultimate mix tape” was one of my favorite pre-baby projects!

 

"Lullaby" by The Dixie Chicks 1 of 10
"Lullaby" is such a sweet song. Dedicated to their children, the ballad has lots of beautiful lines, including this one: "Never knew the best was yet to come." Soothing words as you anticipate baby's arrival.
"This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush 2 of 10
"This Woman's Work," by Kate Bush, was written for the movie, "She's Having a Baby," (one of my favorite 80s films, by the way). I loooove this song, and I think the lyrics capture the labor process in the most beautiful way. Peaceful and empowering at the same time.
"Run the World (Girls)" by Beyonce 3 of 10
"Run the World (Girls)" comes in handy when you're in need of a pick-me-up. Having a baby can (sometimes) be a long process to endure, so I needed songs like these to keep me feeling motivated and remind myself that, um, what my body was capable of was pretty awesome.
"Dream" by Priscilla Ahn 4 of 10
"Dream" will bring me to tears on an average day, but during the labor process, I found it to be so sweet and soothing. It's one of those "big picture" songs that answers every question you might have when you realize that on this day, you're becoming someone's mother. And it's a pretty wonderful realization.
"Gotta Have You" by The Weepies 5 of 10
"Gotta Have You" by The Weepies is one of those songs I came across randomly but quickly became a favorite. And the title is self-explanatory, considering the situation (insert smiley face here).
"By Your Side" by Sade 6 of 10
"By Your Side" is a shout out anthem to your partner, the one whose hand you're squeezing or ordering to bring you another pillow. Ha!
"Fighter" by Christina Aguilera 7 of 10
When you're feeling tired and near the end (and could really use a pick-me-up). 'Nuff said.
"Baby, Now That I've Found You" by Alison Krauss 8 of 10
My southern roots are showing: I'm a huge Alison Krauss fan, and this song is one of my absolute favorites. A peaceful song to get you through the tougher moments.
"Is This Love" by Bob Marley 9 of 10
Love this song so much, it almost took me away from the labor to a beach somewhere with a daiquiri in my hand. Almost. I give him props for trying, though. Doesn't get much more classic than this reggae tune.
"Glitter in the Air" by Pink 10 of 10
Sure, everyone knows Pink for her fast-paced and fun dance songs, but I love her ballads just as much. "Glitter in the Air" is no exception, and it was a great choice to round out my "ultimate playlist."

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