Labor is hard work… literally. No matter which way childbirth turns out – epidural, unmedicated, in a birthing centre, or at home – it’s always helpful to bring a little calm and fun to this universal experience. When preparing for D-Day, moms often meticulously plan what they’ll add in their hospital bag and baby’s diaper bag: warm socks? Check. nursing bra? Check. Check. 17 newborn diapers? Check. Check. Check. super cute maternity nightie? Check? Nah, let’s get real.
Often overlooked are the perfect tunes – a mix of your favorite upbeat or mellow songs that will help you through the ebbs and flow of labor. If you can add a few to your playlist that help you giggle in the midst of your 7th hour of painful contractions, or ones that remind you of the comforts of home and transport you to a place of calm, even better!
Here are 14 of the best labor songs we’ve found (and some we’ve used ourselves!). Enjoy!