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25th Apr 2017

Spotify your labour: the ULTIMATE push playlist

Alison Bough

Are you planning a playlist to push to?

Sound is one of the earliest forms of communication between mother and baby. According to research by the Marques Institute in Barcelona, a foetus of 16 weeks is already capable of hearing and responding to music. The catch? It has to be emitted from a device placed in their mum’s vagina otherwise it’s just a muffled whisper…

Nonetheless, evidence has been knocking around for a while that babies who listen to music while still in utero reap the gestational benefits. A Finnish study, published in the journal PlosOne, showed that prenatal exposure to music resulted in more reactive brain activity that lasted for several months.

In addition to the benefits for bump, listening to music is also good for mamas-to-be. A study by the Max Planck Institute revealed that pregnant women’s bodies respond to music much more intensely than their non-pregnant counterparts, demonstrated in heart rate and blood pressure changes.

Based on years of research into the benefits of music on both mamas and babies, medics and scientists alike are becoming increasingly aware of the beneficial effects of music during childbirth. Although relaxing classical, new age, and nature sounds remain the most popular musical genres during pregnancy and birth, music streaming service Spotify has a birthing playlist that is “scientifically-designed” to help alleviate the anxiety of women who are in labour.

Spotify compiled the playlist in conjunction with a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Jacques Moritz, who claims that 70 percent of his patients make one for the big day. The playlist, which has almost 10,000 followers, includes appropriate titles such as David Bowie and Queen’s Under Pressure, Pearl Jam’s Just Breathe, and Iron & Wine’s Naked As We Came.

Check out the track list for yourself and let us know if there’s any you’d add…

  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 Labour
  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 (feat. 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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