The ultimate labour playlist: The 12 songs you should include

Music is a great way to distract yourself in the throes of labour, so we’ve compiled the ultimate playlist for you, filled with some rather apt tunes…

They say laughter is the best medicine, so with the recent release by music streaming service Spotify of its birthing playlist (apparently scientifically designed to help alleviate the anxiety of women in labour), we thought we would compile our own track list of 12 songs that will hopefully raise a smile when you need it most

It Started With A Kiss   Hot Chocolate
Reminisce about how the humble beginnings of you and your partner’s love affair has led to this moment. A word of warning, though: you’re probably best off playing this early on. As labour progresses, you’ll probably want to drag him across the bed and throttle him.

If You Leave Me Now   Chicago
The perfect song for mothers who are reluctant to share their baby with the rest of the world and would like things to remain between the two of them for a little while longer. Although singing “Oooh oh no, baby please don’t go” at the top of your lungs may give your midwife cause for concern.

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?   Culture Club
Pleading with your baby so early on may give them the upper hand later in life, but in labour you may be willing to take that risk just on the off-chance that they’ll go easy on you.

Under Pressure   Queen & David Bowie
Ahem. Not only does this pay homage to the passing earlier this year of one of music’s greatest artists and arguably one of British pop music’s greatest collaborations of all time, you have to admit, the lyrics are pretty spot on, too.

Can You Feel It?   Jackson Five
True story: this came on the radio by chance when one of our friends had their first baby and the midwives were somewhat taken aback when she screamed, “Yes, I very well can!” Or slightly less-polite words to that effect.

Push It   Salt-n-Pepa
For when you need that extra bit of encouragement in the second stage of labour – it may well raise a smile ever so fleetingly before the next contraction knocks it right off your face.

Comfortably Numb   Pink Floyd
Ah. This blissful state is how we all dream of entering motherhood, lifted into it on a cushion of pain-free calm, be it in the form of hypnobirthing or a hefty epidural. The line ‘there is no pain, you are receding’ could almost be a maternity mantra.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside   Neptune’s Daughter (original film score)
Show a little empathy for those babies that are hesitant to leave the warmth of mummy, ‘cause quite frankly, who can blame them?

I’m Coming Out   Diana Ross
Let baby’s entry to the world be all singing and all dancing with this epic disco tune that will have everyone in the birthing room singing along. No room for shy babies here.

The First Day of My Life   Bright Eyes
Slow things down and reflect on the momentousness of the occasion with this sweet song that opens with the line ‘This is the first day of my life’, which will serve as a reminder that you will soon meet your baby.

Mr Blue Sky   Electric Light Orchestra
We’ve included this uplifting ditty purely for the fact it contains the lyrics, ‘Hey, you with the pretty face, welcome to the human race’, as we think your baby deserves a sunny welcome.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face   Roberta Flack
For the sentimentalist in you. If there’s a better song that sums up the instant love you feel for your baby when you first hold them in your arms then we don’t know it. It makes us tingle just thinking about it.

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Words: Sally Coffey