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What Songs Were on Your Childbirth Playlist?

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What was on your childbirth soundtrack?

Expectant moms have added another task to their prebaby checklist, as a new survey reveals that four out of five moms-to-be compile labor and delivery playlists in the lead-up to the big day. This childbirth trend has hit Hollywood, too: Duchess Kate Middleton reportedly labored to the beat of Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars, and Of Monsters and Men, while Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe to – what else? – her own hits.

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While the perfect childbirth playlist is a very individual decision, the survey did find that some songs are clear favorites. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross was a popular pick, as was Katy Perry's "Roar." "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt, Bach's "Ave Maria," "Let It Be" by The Beatles, "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan, and "Circle of Life" from The Lion King soundtrack also made the list.

Interestingly, while most woman revealed that they did give birth to music, almost two-thirds of them couldn't recall what songs welcomed their baby to the world. You can count me among those ladies! I put some serious thought into my hospital playlist – it needed to be upbeat enough to get me through the hard parts, soothing enough to keep me calm and have a few sappy, inspirational tracks for good measure. I know there was some Sarah McLachlan, some Coldplay, a bit of Beyoncé . . . but that's about it. Like most of my other memories of giving birth, this one has gotten a bit fuzzy around the edges with time.

A quick search of the BabyCenter Community and greater online world revealed some hilarious suggestions for your childbirth playlist. From early contractions to pushing time, I've attempted to put them in order for you . . .

  • All That She Wants (Is Another Baby) — Ace of Bass
  • Hurt So Good — John Mellencamp
  • Just Breathe — Eddie Vedder
  • I'm Coming Out — Diana Ross
  • Everybody Hurts — REM
  • Shout — Tears For Fears
  • I Will Survive — Gloria Gaynor
  • What Have I Done to Deserve This — Pet Shop Boys
  • I Wanna Be Sedated — The Ramones
  • Comfortably Numb — Pink Floyd (postepidural)
  • Under Pressure — Queen
  • The Drugs Don't Work — The Verve
  • Help! — The Beatles
  • Push It — Salt-N-Pepa
  • You Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It) — Ice Cube
  • Ring of Fire — Johnny Cash (OK . . . maybe not)
  • Break on Through — The Doors
  • The Sweet Escape — Gwen Stefani

And I can't leave out this one, from BabyCenter mom @kimster1220: "For me, I think Buck Cherry's Crazy B*tch will probably be appropriate seeing that I'll be attempting au natural!"

Love it!

Did you deliver to music? What songs made your list?

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