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Ideas for Birth Music During Labor and Delivery

Updated on September 12, 2014
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Susana has a background in psychology and counseling and has worked extensively with parents and children under 5. She's also a Mom

Music To Give Birth To

Surely one of the most precious experiences we will ever have, is that of labor and giving birth to a new child. Whether you've chosen a natural birth in hospital, a c-section or a homebirth, to make the experience even more special, many of us are choosing to play music to accompany the event. Considering which music you want to give birth to, prior to the miraculous adventure you're going to embark on, is a wonderful addition to your birth plan.

Another factor to consider, is that if you've chosen to play your unborn baby prenatal music, playing the same music during labor and delivery will help keep your baby relaxed as well as you and your partner.

Choose Birth Music to Enhance Your Labor and Birth and Keep You Relaxed
Choose Birth Music to Enhance Your Labor and Birth and Keep You Relaxed

Relaxing, Uplifting and Meaningful

When choosing birth music it's important to select something that is relaxing, uplifting and meaningful, and which suits your personality and that of your partner. You'll find music that fits that criteria here and any one of these CD's would be perfect to listen to during your labor and to give birth to. Whether you want birth songs or instrumental music you'll find various genres of music listed to suit any personality or music preferences including:

  • Modern Classical
  • Traditional Classical
  • Classical Guitar
  • Trip Hop
  • Ambient Dance
  • Electronic World Music
  • Celtic
  • New Age

You can listen to snippets from all of the albums highlighted here by clicking on the Amazon link and choosing "Listen to Samples" which you'll see just under the image on the left. All are available in CD format and most of them are available as MP3 downloads as well.

Modern Classical Birth Music

Below you'll find two of my favorite modern composers - Ludovico Einaudi and Andrea Bocelli. Both have an incredible ability to create emotion through their music which touches you at a very deep level.

My second child was born to the music of Andrea Bocelli (Cieli di Toscana) and I couldn't have chosen a better soundtrack for my birthing experience. In fact it wasn't me that put this CD on, (I was busy with other things!), it was my husband. And so I have to give him full credit for choosing it - it was simply perfect for us. It may or may not be your cup of tea, but have a listen and see what you think.

Check Out Andrea Bocelli

One of the advantages of playing music while in the process of labor and birth, is that just hearing it again brings back all of the wonderful memories. There's no doubt that playing music during labor and delivery is a truly enhancing experience. The music video below was my birth song and it gives me shivers every time I hear it. Absolutely beautiful!

Ludovico Einaudi

Traditional Classical Music for Labor and Delivery

Maybe you'd prefer to go down the route of traditional classical music to enhance your labor and birth experience and listen to the masters such as Mozart, Beethoven, Handel and Chopin. Below you'll find three of the most relaxing and uplifting classical music CD's with a selction of compositions taken from the works of the classical masters.

Classical guitar music is another option that you and your partner may prefer. The CD's below are exceptional and will defnitely help you create the right ambience for the special event.

Trip Hop, Ambient and Electronic Birthing Music

For more modern Moms and Dads, you might elect to go for the eclectic electronic music of Enigma, Deep Forest or my personal favorite, Massive Attack. All of these music CD's possess the same qualities that the classical compositions have, which is to create music with chords, melodies and harmonies that somehow reverberate with your soul. Powerful and beautiful at the same time, electronic music can be an equal rival to traditional music in terms of the way it affects us on an emotional level and can be a wonderful choice for labor and birth.

Ambient and Electronic Music

Celtic and New Age Birth Music

Other options for birth music and birth songs include celtic music and new age music. The celtic music here is some of the most soulful and uplifting you'll find anywhere. Songwriters such as Enya, Loreena McKennitt and David Downes show off their obvious skill in creating enchanting and divine music in these albums.

For wholly instrumental music rather than songs, new age music is a choice many parents go for when choosing birth music. It makes excellent background music for labor and delivery and is relaxing and uplifting at the same time. If you're new to new age music or wonder whether it's the right choice for your special day, feel free to listen to samples to help you make your mind up.

A Great Selection of Birth Music

Whatever your personality and personal music tastes, you're bound to find the perfect soundtrack for your labor and delivery from the selection of birth music provided here.

Whatever music you choose to buy and whichever other birthing options you've chosen, I hope your labor and birthing experience are truly wonderful. Enjoy!


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      Ashley 6 years ago

      Thanks for this. It reminded me of some great artists.

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      stey_true 6 years ago from Maine

      Great idea! I am 6 months pregnant realizing it is almost time for my little one to arrive. I think making a mix Cd. of all my favorite and relaxing songs will make being in a hospital bed a more comfortable experience. Thank you!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      yes and it really helps! Maita

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks Maita :) Some well chosen relaxing music during labor and birth can really help.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      nice one music is soothing! thumbs up! Maita

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks pmccray - choosing birth music seems to be an integral part of the birth plan nowadays :)

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Marvelous hub, I well past needing this info, but there is some sound good advice in this article.