Doctor delivers specially-designed ‘push playlist’ for expecting mums

Kinderling News & Features

About to drop it like it’s hot? Music service Spotify has teamed up with a US doctor to create the supposedly perfect 'push playlist' for mums to play in the delivery room.

Curated by New York obstetrician / gynaecologist Dr.Jacques Moritz, the playlist features 30 songs for streaming when you’re screaming, starting with slower jams and progressing to faster-paced songs to mirror your labour.

“Hospitals, particularly delivery rooms, can be noisy and disconcerting,’ Moritz stated in a press release. ‘A good playlist helps distract mothers from these sounds and better manage fear and pain, leading to a more positive delivery experience.”

He adds: “Music strongly influences our central nervous system's limbic system which manages our memories, emotions, and how we deal with fear and pain. It makes sense that women would turn to music during childbirth as a source of comfort and strength.”

Of course, playlists like this are always going to be problematic. Music tastes aside, given the list only goes for two hours, some poor mums would hear it four times or more by the time baby pops out to join the party. Besides, who’s got time to scroll through songs to match the mood and momentum when you’re going crazy counting contractions and can’t feel your legs?

Also looking at the 30 songs, it’s clear Dr Moritz has missed some absolute birthing bangers. It’s a sin there’s no Salt-N-Pepa’s ‘Push It’ here, and where’s The Ramones’ ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ or Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine? Not to mention mellower tunes like The Verve’s ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ or Aussie anthem 'Pressure Down' by John Farnham.

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Spotify's Birthing 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’