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Your birth plan will not be complete without a playlist. You will spend a painstaking amount of time creating the perfect playlist to help you feel relaxed or pumped up, however you envision your birth to go. I personally thought that my birth would be more like a hard workout, and I would need bumping beats to keep me distracted and motivated. Boy, was I wrong.

I did have an overall good birth experience two times, but as soon as the contractions hit, I felt something I had never felt before. I was utterly focused, and not in a let’s-go-on-a-jog-around-the-block kind of way. I ended up switching from my dirty dirty 90s rap mix to a 24-hour Grey’s Anatomy playlist that I had handcrafted on Spotify. I wanted to be soothed, and I didn’t want anyone to talk to me. In the end, sweet indie melodies brought me to the finish line.

Creating a birthing playlist is amazingly fun before you have a baby, but just be warned that you may change your mind or mood on a dime and won’t want to use it. I highly recommend having a master playlist and a backup, and maybe three more backups, to fit any kind of ragey or emotional mood you may encounter.

The fun part about making a birthing playlist is that it can be literal. Here are the best baby songs to listen to as you shoot your bundle of joy into the world:

1. Push It by Salt N Pepa

2. I’m Your Baby Tonight by Whitney Houston

3. Baby, Baby, Baby by TLC

4. I Want To Break Free by Queen

5. Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey

6. Baby, One More Time by Britney Spears

7. Papa, Don’t Preach by Madonna

8. Hot In Herre by Nelly (the perfect sweaty labor song)

9. Hey Mama by the Black Eyed Peas

10. Big Poppa by Notorious B.I.G. (for all the new daddies)

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