Music, this is something that I have had a number of clients ask me about. Do I know of a good birth playlist? What are some songs I would suggest for birth?
Lets be honest. We (you and I) are some pretty cool people but the music that moves us may not be on the same groove. With that in mind I wanted to think about what *I* would put on a birth playlist. Something more than Erykah badu(doula) and Salt-n-Pepas "Push it". Don't get me wrong, I am more than sure you would see some Badula on my list but what else? Would I make it clever? Hurts so good, Under Pressure, Comfortably Numb, and the ever prevalent Ring of fire?,
All great songs but I can hardly expect the right song to be playing at the right moment. I think your playlist just needs to be something that makes you feel. Something that makes you want to close your eyes and move. or that helps you relax, step into yourself and sink into the sensation. Something that takes you back, Maybe something that means a great deal to you.
You can listen to it throughout your pregnancy or maybe just at night when you are naturally entering a relaxed state. Training yourself. So that when you go into labor you can hit play and be taken to that peaceful place. Or maybe it will inspire you to start your sway (get your doula hula on!).
Its less about theme and more about preference. You dont have to set your music to your birth. Your life already has a soundtrack, just keep playing it.
So, here it is. There is nothing all that birthy about it except that most of these songs have a base line that makes me feel heavy and connected. Thats it. Thats all that makes them birthy. The words don't really lend themselves to birth. I just dig them. Done.
You can do like I did and hop on Soundcloud and make a playlist, plug your ipod in and hit shuffle or maybe just pick a station on pandora and start your groove. What are some songs that move you? Have you got anything smooth, mellow and deep to add to my list? Let me know, I would love to add it!