The Songs That Helped Me In Labor

Indie songs that helped in labor. A birthing playlist that helped keep me focused. Stream free on our Spotify station. Music for birth.

My little boy turns two today. In a blink of an eye, here we are. Yes, it’s true, it really doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that I was at the end of my rope. My eyes twitching from the lack of sleep, my body going through the motion, and becoming more tired with each surge. I intended on having a drug free water birth at home. I thought long and hard about the music I wanted playing. My perfect labor playlist.  

I didn’t get my drug free water birth at home. In the end, I transferred to the hospital from sheer exhaustion. The music however got me through the hardest parts at home. I never did share my birth story, but after my waters broke in the middle of the night, contractions came on soon and steady. In the morning I spoke to my family, sent an email to my closest friends back in Florida and then pretty much disappeared for 3 days. People were worried. The only clue Randi had, was that my birthing playlist was playing continuously on my Spotify. 

I wanted to chill out the birthing experience as much as I could so I picked songs for me that I knew could always calm me down. Songs that would grab ahold of me and keep me focused on the task at hand. I had my birthing mantras set up throughout the living room, we kept the lights dimmed and I honestly really enjoyed the times in the birthing pool the most. I enjoyed them so much so that eventually it slowed down my progression. I knew we were on a time constraint so I had to get out of the pool a lot and try and just focus on the music to get me through it.

Paula's Birthing Playlist - Indie Songs That Helped Me In Labor. Stream free on Spotify

I personally didn’t care for my Tens Machine (I know others love it) and even though the gas and air distracted me mentally I opted for a shot of diamorphine in the end. I refused an epidural hoping to hold on to something from my birth plan. Staying adamant that I did not want to give birth lying down and so when the time came to push, I did it standing up!!!

These indie songs are some of my favs.  Did you have a playlist of songs you listened to when you were in labor? I would love to hear about them in the comments. 

Paula’s Birthing Playlist

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  • Portishead – Glory Box
  • Bon Iver – Flume
  • Sharon Van Etten – All I Can
  • Washed Out – Feel It All Around
  • Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  • Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me – MTV Unplugged, 2012
  • Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
  • Bon Iver – Beach Baby
  • Portishead – Wandering Star
  • Radiohead – Let Down
  • The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap
  • Sharon Van Etten – Give Out
  • Bon Iver – re:stacks
  • Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
  • Elliott Smith – Angeles
  • The Shins – New Slang
  • Regina Spektor – Summer In The City
  • Bowerbirds – In the Yard
  • Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
  • The Velvet Underground – Oh! Sweet Nuthin’
  • Torres – Come to Terms
  • Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long 
  • Bowerbirds – Walk the Furrows
  • Angel Olsen – Unfucktheworld
  • Wilco – You And I
  • Torres – Waterfall
  • Angel Olsen – Iota
  • Daughter – Shallows
  • Feist – The Limit To Your Love
  • Laura Marling – The Beast
  • Marissa Nadler – Drive (Fade Into)
  • Angel Olsen – Lights Out
  • Band of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You
  • Laura Veirs – Sun Song
  • Iron & Wine – Waiting For A Superman
  • Otis Redding – These Arms Of Mine
  • Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
  • Sigur Rós – Starálfur
  • Angel Olsen – Windows
  • Feist – How Come You Never Go There
  • Band of Horses – Marry Song
  • José González – Heartbeats
  • Radiohead – No Surprises
  • Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home To Me
  • Karen O – The Moon Song 
  • The Walkmen – Canadian Girl
  • Cass McCombs – Morning Star
  • Lenny Kravitz – Heaven Help
  • Al Green – Dream
  • Fleet Foxes – Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Sufjan Stevens – To Be Alone With You
  • Nina Simone – Feeling Good
  • Ella Fitzgerald;Louis Armstrong – Dream A Little Dream Of Me 
  • Pete Yorn – On Your Side
  • Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights
  • Junip – Don’t Let It Pass
  • The Antlers – Hotel
  • The National – Hard To Find
  • Calexico – Fortune Teller
  • Beach House – Myth
  • The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904
  • Elliott Smith – Between The Bars
  • Beck – Lost Cause
  • Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
  • The Swell Season – In These Arms
  • First Aid Kit – In the Hearts of Men
  • Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is 


About Paula 173 Articles
Paula is an old school goth with a riot grrrl heart. Self-proclaimed #mamaboss at Punky Moms. Born in Miami Beach with a background in music business, she followed love and moved to the UK in 2012. She has one little boy named Oscar, a dashing English husband, and a furball terrier at home. She is trying desperately not to miss the Florida sun. You can follow her on IG @riotmthrrr

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