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Spotify Reveals the Perfect Playlist for Women in Labor

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When welcoming a new life into the world, you need the essentials: a good doctor, patience, maybe an epidural…and a soundtrack that will keep your spirits up.

Spotify has teamed with Dr. Jacques Moritz, a New York City OB-GYN, to make the “ideal Birthing Playlist that is scientifically designed (and delivery-room tested and approved) to accompany women through childbirth.”

Dr. Moritz says, “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. In addition, hospitals, particularly delivery rooms, can be noisy and disconcerting — a good playlist helps distract mothers from these sounds and better manage fear and pain, leading to a more positive delivery experience.”

The list features 30 songs, which, considering some births can take a looooong time, may not be enough music to keep mothers-to-be up for the task at hand.

Of course, this list may not be your cup of tea. If that’s the case, Dr. Moritz recommends the tunes be “comforting and familiar in order to put expectant mothers at ease.”

Here’s a complete look at the playlist:

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. J.S Bach, Yo-Yo Ma – “Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1″

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