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Listening To Music Helps Women Get Through Labour

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Labour Pain Rather Than The Length Of Childbirth Remembered, New Study Reveals

Whether you like motivational tunes or mellow sounds, it’s clear that music is an important part of the labour experience for many women.

Four out of five (80%) women find music helpful when giving birth, according to new research from Bounty Parenting Club.

The poll of 1,000 mums found that calming classical music was the most popular genre of music on their labour playlist (15%), closely followed by easy listening (14%) and pop (8%).

Songstress Adele, Coldplay, Goo Goo Dolls, swooner Michael Bublé and the cool reggae sounds of Bob Marley topped the list of favoured artists, however two-thirds (61%) of mums can’t actually remember the song their baby was born to.

The research also showed that some mums have a sense of humour when it comes to the songs on the playlist, with songs like Push It by Salt-N-Pepa and Kings of Leon’s Knocked Up.

Even celebs have opened up about their labour playlists. Popular DJ Fearne Cotton has previously spoken of how she couldn’t give birth without music playing, The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly made a labour playlist of music by Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars and Of Monsters and Men. While Mariah Carey reportedly played her own song ‘We Belong Together’ right after she gave birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe.

The songs on the playlist can also have an impact on the baby. Some mums (7%) chose music because they wanted the baby to hear it. When asked about this, one mum said that one of the songs she chose is still one of her baby’s favourites and she stops and listens to it every time it’s played.

Lisa Penney continued: ‘Labour playlists are fast becoming an essential part of mums’ hospital bag today, but mums should think carefully about the music they choose to create the best atmosphere possible for birth.’

Whilst labour playlists can be helpful in making the birthing experience easier, some mums (7%) said they have had some songs ruined by being on their playlist, with one commenting: 'I listened to Adele mainly, but now can’t listen to her without thinking about birth…'

Which songs made your labour playlist? Share all in the comments box below…

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