Labor + Birth Playlist…


Music has always been important to me. I’ve never been someone who has been good at verbally expressing themselves. Maybe that is why I like blogging so much? I have a much easier time writing out feelings. Music has always been something I relate to on a very emotional level. It’s what got me through the last part of high school and college. It was my life (haha so lame!). It was the first thing I would use to identify myself. It’s also what first brought Kev and I together. Our very first date was to see one of our favorite bands. When Rowan was born we listened to Cat Power on repeat as I labored. It was calm, serene and set the mood for what I will always remember as one of my proudest moments. When I was getting ready for Finley to arrive, I really wanted to make a playlist that we could have playing at home. I filled it with favorite songs and songs that have special meaning between Kev and I.

When everything started, it was so quick and intense I almost forgot to put it on. Kev asked me at one point and in the midst of it all I told him “I didn’t care”. He knew I would want it on so he put it on anyway. Boy, am I glad he did! It was really the only thing that carried me through at a few points of the labor. It always amazes me how certain songs come on right at the right moment. Like your life has the most perfect soundtrack planned for it. It always feels so surreal to me when that happens. It make moments that I will remember forever.

p.s. Have you heard of Rdio? Kev and I pay for a subscription and its the best thing ever!

  1. Music is a huge part of my life too. It definitely has the power to relax or not relax me. What is the dress deal you are wearing to labor in? It looks super super comfy.

  2. this sounds like my labor with Joshua. It was so quick and intense we never even played the disc I made!

    Love hearing that music is such a big part of your life. It is for me too and that has trickled down to my children.

  3. I liked the idea of a playlist but had no idea what I’d want to listen to. Ha. I’ll take a listen. Thanks!

  4. Music has gotten me through some tough times too. I’m pretty sure that’s the only way I got through college (well, that and vodka with Red Bull). Like the playlist too…seems very fitting!

  5. I love that picture that you posted, you’ve documented such a special moment. Amazing!

  6. A great labor playlist. In Labor Iร‚ยดve heard the verve, catpower and triggerfinger. By the way rdio is just awesome. Greetings from Germany.

  7. Great playlist. Home and Maps are two excellent stand-bys.


  8. Love your maternity dress – where did you get it?

  9. Heather C •

    I love this idea! I think I will have to remember this for when my fiance and I have children. Music is so important to us, he’s a professional musician. You and I have similar taste too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Thank you for sharing this! I love so many of the songs that you’ve posted on your playlist and it gives me inspiration to create my own birthing playlist. Our little dude is due in March …

  11. Annette •

    Loving this playlist! It’s great, thanks for sharing.
    Congratulations to Kev, Rowan and yourself on the arrival of Finley.
    God Bless ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I cannot thank you enough for this! I’m due in March and I’m making one of these for myself, thanks for some inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Wow! I just started making my labor and birth playlist and googled “birth list” and found you. You actually have very similar music taste, it seems like– some of our songs overlap! So nice to hear it was so helpful for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your playlist. I’m starting to work on one for my birth and this list is awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I remember this post from last year, and with my due date coming up I just downloaded a bunch of these songs! Love your blog & taste in music! I would love for you to start sharing some music faves of yours as I know music is a passion of yours!

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