Ok guys, special request today. One of my favorite people in the world, Adriana (Adzy) sent me the following email yesterday in regards to her sister Nadya, who is due with her first baby imminently:
Nadya is making me make her a PUSH MIX… have you heard of this stuff? It is a music list for the delivery room. I’m like… WTF? Do you want songs like with a beat and with some rage in them to pump you up and have a baby or do you want something zen. She doesn’t know. I don’t know. Any interest in asking your parenting community what they would have wanted in the delivery room? Recommendations? So far, I have gotten Push It by Salt and Peppa and I’m a Survivor by Destiny’s Child.
So there you have it. Our “parenting community” has been called upon for help, and we will deliver! (Actually, Nadya will deliver, but we will help with the soundtrack).
Time is of the essence, Nadya could be crowning with this baby at any moment and Adzy needs time to organize her mix. We don’t know how long Nadya will be laboring, so let’s give her a lot to work with. Perhaps Adzy can make two mixes, one for the soothing labor moments, and one for the aggressive labor moments. She can just wait in the delivery room with a giant old school boom box and switch the mix tapes back and forth depending on the mood. It will be awesome.
Your task is simple: leave a comment with your music suggestions for Nadya’s Push Mix! And remember, your input could make or break this birth experience, so think hard. I’m very interested to see what everyone comes up with…
Good luck Nadya!
Brian, Liz's husband
Break on Through by The Doors!
HA!! After 52 hours of labor, I was moved to the operating room. And while being prepped for my c-section a nice nurse asked if she could play some music for me. I was unprepared for such pampering but thought a moment and suggested this very song. The entire room stopped their rushing, looked at me, and then sure enough she played that song for me. Classic rock is definitely the way to go.
Airstream Driver by Gomez (pump up, not at all relaxing). But keep in mind that I had a c-section and really have no clue. And actually Airstream Driver is kind of fast so maybe it’s better for running than for contractions?
Below is the super chill mix we had for the delivery room… which was played in the middle of the night.. and met about 103 seconds in with “can you SHUT OFF THAT F*#KING MUSIC!!!?!!!” so.. i’m not entirely sure it matters. good luck to DJ Mike. You may need it 😉
Glitter In the Air 3:48 P!nk
Pachelbel’s Canon in D (very full orchestration)
Dances with Wolves 2:19 Enya
Halfway Home 4:50
only time 3:40 Enya
Let’s Talk About Love 5:12 Celine Dion
Hallelujah 6:47 Bon Jovi
Midnight Train To Georgia 5:20 Indigo Girls
Come Away with Me 3:06 Norah Jones
My Love Is Your Love 4:21 Whitney Houston
These Are Days 4:54 10,000 Maniacs
Ave Maria 4:27 Andrea Boccelli
The Prayer (feat. Celine Dion) 4:30 Andrea Boccelli
Ha! I love it and I love that you sent us the whole mix for review. That’s awesome! And also awesome that you made it through so little of the mix before wanting to tell everyone to f*ck off anyway 🙂
I am due any day now as well, and my husband and I have talked about soundtracks several times. We have opted for a few Pandora stations…let them do all the work, and it’s free. We also joke that in the moment, he will want the perfect “arrival” song, and there is no way I am going to hold back a baby while he fumbles around looking for the right one. Potential crisis averted.
Smart move Claire, smart move.
Unless Pandora plays an ad during the final moments. That would be a bust. This plan reminds me of when Brian proposed – he had on a Pandora Christmas mix station (it was Christmas Eve) and right at the moment that he got down on one knee for the actual proposal the song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” came on. It wasn’t really what he had in mind.
I turned to my friends to give me ideas for a Push Mix. This what they made me. I did play the mix off of my phone while in labor. I didn’t focus on the music as much as the laughter that some of these songs brought.
Hurts So Good-Mellencamp
Pussy Control- Prince
Pop That-2 Live Crew
Reign In Blood-Slayer
The Final Countdown-Survivor
Like A Virgin-Madonna
I’m Coming Out- Diana Ross
I Wanna Be Sedated- The Ramones
Ring of Fire-Johnny Cash
Push It- Salt N Pepa
Lose Yourself- Eminem
Break on Through-The Doors
Squeeze Box- The Who
This list is AMAZING! Not at all zen. Or motivating. But it is funny and that’s what counts.
I was in so much pain and so exhausted and so annoyed by the nurse and whoever else was in the room yelling at me to “push” that there’s no way I could have handled music on top of that. It’s a nice idea (and one we discussed but never got around to doing ourselves) but depending on how long it takes to get the baby out, it might not go over well.
That said, I recommend Operation Ivy’s “Yelling in My Ear”
Jamie I really like that even though you were clear that in no way would you have wanted music you still offered up a song suggestion 🙂
I’m with Jamie – I’ve delivered two babies and DEFINITELY wouldn’t have wanted music during the pushing phase, when everyone was all screamy and amped up. An intense soundtrack would have put me over the edge into punch-people-in-their-faces mode. But really chill, zen-type music helped during labor. I listened to an entire album by Anugama, “The Lightness of Being,” a few times and found it helpful.
I bet Nadya is not trying to work herself into a punch people in the face frenzy, so maybe the zen route is the way to go….
This isn’t going to help at all, but I made a playlist of Ray Montagne and Norah Jones and put it on shuffle. But I was one of the lucky ones my epi worked amazing (so good I thought I may never walk again) my labor was actually quite serene… I put on the mix and it brings me right back to that moment. She could do something like that as a back up if she needs to push for 3 hours… Like I did… Thank god for modern medicine!
This is the most pleasant recounting of a birth I’ve heard yet! There is hope. Drugs, and hope.
I meant to make a playlist for the delivery room, but then I was in denial that the baby in my belly would actually need to be born one day so I never got to it. Also, I never actually pushed because I was lucky enough to have an emergency c section. That being said, I like to think I’d have handled pushing like a tough work out. So I would include:
The Final Countdown by Europe
Eye of the Tiger
Till I Collapse by Eminem
Hall of Fame by The Script
Stronger by Kanye
Push It (OBVIOUSLY)
Bottoms Up by Trey Songs
I’ll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan (okay, maybe I just really like this song and Disney)
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey (I’m pretty sure it’s a requirement to put this song on every playlist ever?)
Trista, we are on the same page. I too was “lucky” enough for a c-section, and I too envisioned myself handling labor like a hard workout. Of course I’m sure anyone who has labored would make it clear that delivering a baby and doing some lunges at the gym (paired with an intense cardio workout) are not the same thing, but I just prefer to maintain my own false vision.
(Not Cousin) Lindsay
I too was going to suggest a workout mix. Mine heavily include My Chemical Romance, which could be fortuitous if Nadya goes the epi route. Because that is one hell of a lovely chemical romance.
This comment makes me want an epidural, just to try it out. Maybe they’ll just give me one now if I ask, who cares that I’m not pregnant!