A birthing playlist has been scientifically designed to help women in labor. One of America's leading OB-GYN's has partnered with music streaming service Spotify to create this "delivery room tested and approved" birthing playlist, which has proved to be beneficial in any stressful place.
Dr Jacques Moritz, who is assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYC's Weill Cornell Medical College, says 70 percent of his patients prepare playlists specifically for labor.
‘A birthing playlist is designed to help women in labor. It distracts women from sounds and better manage fear and pain.
Music strongly influences the central nervous system's limbic system, which manages our memories, emotions, and how we deal with fear and pain.
Dr. Mortiz further said that in labor there are quiet times when you don't want aggressive, thumpy music, and then there are more difficult times when you're pushing and you want more upbeat music.
His favourite song to play when he's performing a Cesarean is Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1, performed by acclaimed Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He says the music needs to be empowering, but not too slow.