Push Music

This is me in early labour with my second baby. I’m really pissed off as I’m being induced which was not how the start of my perfect birth story was supposed to begin. ‘It wasn’t meant to be like this’ I kept saying to my husband over and over as the waves of early labour kicked in. I had ‘planned’ a home birth, a straight forward water birth in my lovely little cosy house with my favourite Diptyque candles flickering in the background and my own bed and bathroom. But due to a nasty condition called Obstetric Choleostasis which I developed just as I was leaving to go on maternity leave (I ignored the classic tell-tale sings for a few days tut tut- excessive itching on the hands and feet), I was strongly advised that it was safer to induce me at 38/40.  It just goes to show being a midwife has no relevence to how your pregnancy or birth goes. Anyway in this photo you can see I’ve got my ipod on (and TENS machine), it was the only way I could drown out the sounds and pain and focus on getting through those hours.  No whale music or panpipes for me, this was my moment to hear what I wanted, so here’s my playlist and please please PLEASE share yours in the comments box below. Why? My plan to create the ultimate labour playlist for anyone who wants to listen, enjoy.

  1. Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Come Undone
  2. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  3. Prince – Rasberry Beret
  4. Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
  5. The Beata Band – Dry The Rain
  6. Arthur Lee – Love
  7. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  8. Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love
  9. Elbow – One Day Like This
  10. Chemical Brothers – The Boxer
  11. The Stone Roses – Made of Stone
  12. I am Kloot – Over My Shoulder
  13. Radiohead – Creep
  14. Belle and Sebastian – Boy with The Arab Strap
  15. Etta James – At Last
  16. Portishead – Glory Box

10 thoughts on “Push Music

  1. Awesome playlist lady – loving the Prince and Stone Roses elements especially. I would definitely include Leftfield – Leftism, Good Times 6 – Norman Jay and Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More. Loving your blog! X

  2. Good songs! Especially Raspberry Beret. Found music really helped to take my mind off the later hardcore contractions… Gabriel popped out to “It’s dare” by Gorillaz, and Elwood was Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’. Can’t remember exact track. Hoped that some of Stevie Nick’s fabulousness would rub off on him! xx

  3. I was lost in Thomas Tallis ‘Spem in Alium’ on a loop for hours and hours. Only now do I think of the poor midwives and how irritating it must have been for them… Your playlist is much better — sometimes I wish we could offer your CDs to women who haven’t planned ahead and have only the dodgy reception on hospital radios — I remember Michael Jackson’s anniversary and non-stop MJ ALL day — a couple of hours was great, but 12 not so good. And today someone somewhere is having non-stop Whitney… All the best births I have attended have had great music — one baby this summer born to vintage ska is unforgettable – specially since the parents kindly made me a copy of his music and I listen often.

  4. That’s a great playlist! I’ve just discovered your blog via Crumbs and have really enjoyed reading it. The music playing for my 2nd labour (at home) was Florence and the Machine – Lungs, Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More, and Feist – The Reminder. It still brings back weird memories listening to those albums. 1st labour, in hospital, I had nothing prepared as I’d hoped to be at home, so was stuck with irritating TV (Postman Pat at one point, I think) until I asked someone to switch it off.

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