The environment that you give birth in is so important – it’s crucial that you feel calm and comfortable as this is most conducive to a swift and comfortable labour. The more relaxed you are in labour, the more your body will produce those wonderful hormones Oxytocin and Endorphins which keep labour progressing and make it as comfortable as possible. There are some easy ways to make the room relaxing, whether you’re giving birth at home, in a birthing centre or hospital – candles or dim lighting are essential, scents that are special to you, and of course music. It’s great to have a couple of playlists available to you as what you listen to might change as your labour progresses.
I love finding new songs that are meaningful and sounds that are just right for a my pregnancy yoga classes. And it’s flattering that I often get asked what music I play during the pregnancy yoga classes so that these mums-to-be can add them to their own birthing playlist. So I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favourites… they’re all available on iTunes.
- Deva Premal Calme e Tranquilidade & Om Namah Shivaya – so many others to choose from
- Snatam Kaur – Long Time Sun & Ra Ma Da Sa
- Jai-Jagdeesh – With You & Light of Love
- Steve Gold – So Much Magnificence
- Jai Kartar – Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful
- Deuter – East of the Full Moon (Album)
- Nina Lee – Sacred Pregnancy (Album)
- Nadia Narain – Deep Peace & Long Time Sun Instrumental
- Strong & Byron – The Endless Ocean
- Catherine Marie Charlton – River Dawn
- Andrea Carri – Metamorfosi (Album)
The most important thing is to find music that makes you happy – it can be anything you like. Dancing round the room when you’re in labour is a great thing… keeping you active and having fun. Just make sure to conserve some energy for later.
I’d love to know what your favourite pregnancy and labour tunes are – leave me a message on Facebook.