30 Songs Spotify Says You Should Listen To While Giving Birth

The official new "Birthing Playlist" includes fitting songs like "Under Pressure" and "Don't Panic."
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Today, Spotify unveiled a special new playlist created specifically for moms in labor.

According to the press release for the "Birthing Playlist," this kind of musical accompaniment is a common part of birth plans today, as there are currently over 90,000 "push playlists" on Spotify.

Spotify's official new playlist includes fitting songs like "Under Pressure," Coldplay's "Don't Panic" and Lucinda Williams' "Fruits of My Labor."

"The playlist mirrors the birthing experience, starting with songs that are slow and mellow, then transitioning into songs with a stronger beat for when it’s time to push, and concluding with Bach’s "Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1" performed by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma for the moment women first meet their newborns," states the press release.

To create the ideal "Birthing Playlist," Spotify partnered with New York City-based OB-GYN, Dr. Jacques Mortiz, who has found that around 70 percent of his patients put together playlists in preparation for their labor and delivery.

"Music strongly influences our central nervous system's limbic system which manages our memories, emotions, and how we deal with fear and pain. It makes sense that women would turn to music during childbirth as a source of comfort and strength," Dr. Moritz states in the press release, adding that a good playlist can distract mothers in labor from their pain and fear and help drown out sometimes "disconcerting" hospital noises.

Without further ado, here are the 30 songs Spotify recommends for mamas in labor:

1. Pearl Jam -- "Just Breathe"
2. James Bay -- "Let It Go"
3. Regina Spektor -- "Don’t Leave Me"
4. Sigur Rós -- "Festival"
5. Death Cab for Cutie -- "Transatlanticism"
6. The Lumineers -- "Ho Hey"
7. Norah Jones -- "Sunrise"
8. Craft Spells -- "After the Moment"
9. Xavier Rudd -- "Follow the Sun"
10. Lucinda Williams -- "Fruits of My Labor"
11. John Lennon -- "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"
12. Colbie Caillat --" Capri"
13. D’Angelo -- "Really Love"
14. Milton Nascimento -- "Nos Bailes Da Vida"
15. Coldplay -- "Don’t Panic"
16. Fleet Foxes -- "Your Protector"
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- "Maps"
18. Kygo, Maty Noyes -- "Stay"
19. P!nk - Try
20. Muse -- "Starlight"
21. John Legend -- "All of Me" (Tiesto’s Birthday Remix)
22. David Bowie, Queen -- "Under Pressure"
23. U2 -- "With or Without You"
24. Wilco -- "Impossible Germany"
25. Arcade Fire -- "Wake Up"
26. R.E.M. -- "Nightswimming"
27. Patty Griffin -- "Heavenly Day"
28. Iron & Wine -- "Naked As We Came"
29. Beyoncé -- "Blue"
30. Johann Sebastian Bach, Yo-Yo Ma -- "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1"

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