NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 9:00 AM
It has a good beat and you can push to it.
A Manhattan OB-GYN has teamed up with Spotify, the music streaming service, to deliver the perfect playlist for giving birth.
“Music strongly influences our central nervous system’s limbic system which manages our memories, emotions, and how we deal with fear and pain,” said Dr. Jacques Moritz.
There are over 90,000 “Push Playlists” according to Spotify. Moritz reports that 70% of his patients rely on music to help get them through labor.
“It makes sense that women would turn to music during childbirth as a source of comfort and strength,” said Moritz, whose practice is in the Financial District. “In addition, hospitals, particularly delivery rooms, can be noisy and disconcerting — a good playlist helps distract mothers from these sounds and better manage fear and pain, leading to a more positive delivery experience.”
Moritz’ playlist keeps pace with the stages of labor. It starts with mellow songs, then segues into those with a stronger beat when it is time to push.
There’s a great cross-section of artists from Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe” to The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.”
Coldplay’s “Don’t Panic” and Pink’s “Try” are in the middle stages of labor. R.E.M.’s “Nightswimming” and Beyonce’s “Blue” help toward the very end.
And when the moms meet their babies, the music transitions to Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1” played by Yo-Yo Ma.
For those who want to pick their own music, Moritz offers these tips:
– Choose comforting and familiar music so that the woman is as relaxed as she can be.
– Pick instrumentals because lyrics can be distracting when the woman needs to concentrate.
– Stock up. Plan on at least five hours, though 10 hours is better, especially for first-time moms.
– The playlist should be beautiful and make a woman feel that way.
Babies can hear in the womb so the doctor advises making sure these memories are lovely for all.
Here’s Dr. Moritz’ full playlist:
1. Pearl Jam – Just Breathe
2. James Bay – Let It Go
3. Regina Spektor – Don’t Leave Me
4. Sigur Rós – Festival
5. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism
6. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
7. Norah Jones – Sunrise
8. Craft Spells – After the Moment
9. Xavier Rudd – Follow the Sun
10. Lucinda Williams – Fruits of My Labor
11. John Lennon – Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
12. Colbie Caillat – Capri
13. D’Angelo – Really Love
14. Milton Nascimento – Nos Bailes Da Vida
15. Coldplay – Don’t Panic
16. Fleet Foxes – Your Protector
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
18. Kygo Maty Noyes – Stay
19. P!nk – Try
20. Muse – Starlight
21. John Legend – All of Me – Tiesto’s Birthday Remix
22. David Bowie, Queen – Under Pressure
23. U2 – With or Without You
24. Wilco – Impossible Germany
25. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
26. R.E.M. – Nightswimming
27. Patty Griffin – Heavenly Day
28. Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came
29. Beyoncé – Blue
30. Johann Sebastian Bach, Yo-Yo Ma – Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1