During your birthing time, you may want total and complete silence but more than likely during early active labor you'll have some breaks in between contractions when you'd be benefitted by some tunes. (Truth be told, during heavy transition you probably won't care, although every mama is different!)
So, I recommend that you put together some Pandora or Spotify lists for labor. Do three "just-in-case" options.:
#1. Super Upbeat
#3. Inspirational or meditational.
Don't have time to create a playlist, or maybe you're not picky? No worries, as your doula, I can bring up my playlists for you to choose from!
Here's what I have on mine (maybe it will give you some inspiration!)
Upbeat Labor/Birth Playlist
I've got some fun catchy tunes from Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, and Ray Charles on the list along with a few contemporaries. This is perfect for super early labor where you are up walking, squatting, and working it!
I've got some of my favorite crooners on this list -- Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr, and more. This list is perfect for when active labor is kicking in and you are starting to go within yourself, but you're still "with it" enough to want some melodic tunes playing in the background.
This playlist has zen-like and spa music on it. I personally like this list when a mom is going through transition and still would like some background tunes without words (that might distract).
So, whether you want to make your own, or let your favorite doula use hers, music can be a super useful tool in either energizing you, relaxing you, or tuning out other noises that can be distracting.
<3 Your Knoxville & Chattanooga Doula,