One question that I hear often in my Dancing For Birth™ classes is how to choose the “right” music for birth. If music is a big part of your life or you’ve enjoyed dancing during your pregnancy then you may want to consider putting together some music for your big day.
When putting together a play list I recommend creating two lists of music. One list of more active tunes for active labour or when your energy is waning and you need a boost. The other of more soothing relaxing music for when you get into “labourland”
Choose music that you love and don’t mind listening to in the background. If you think it might irritate you then skip it.
For both of my pregnancies I played music to my belly almost every night. The music that I played to my baby I also included in my birth playlist. With both my births hearing these tunes kept me focused and motivated on the end result of my labour.
Below are a few suggestions based on the music that we dance to regularly in class.
- Anything by Shakira
- Butterfly Woman by Chic Gamine
- Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine
- Woman (Oh Mama) by Joy Williams (Great video for this power tune)
- Naima by Angelique Kidjo (we dance to this weekly)
- Child and Mother by Nina Lee (we dance to this weekly)
- Bandy Bandy by Zap Mama
- Album: Sacred Pregnancy: The Deep Drink (also by Nina Lee)
- Album: Chakra Journey by Hemi-Sync Album
- Devi Prayer by Craig Pruess and Ananada (beautiful video for this that I watch whenever I need a calm moment)
Bronwyn Addico is a Birth and Postpartum Doula, a certified Dancing For Birth TM instructor, a certified Birthing From Within TM mentor. She offers virtual birth and new parenting coaching in addition to her in-class sessions. Bronwyn focuses on empowering her clients to find the tools within themselves to thrive during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. Bronwyn is a single mother to 2 wonderful kids. She is able to share a wealth of information based on her vast array of parenting experiences.