The Ultimate Delivery Room Playlist

Music has an undeniable power to alter your emotions and mood—so what you listen to during delivery is very important. One doctor weighs in on Spotify.

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No matter what you do, labor ain't easy. It can be painful, stressful, overwhelming and emotionally loaded—but there are ways to make it more comfortable.

According to Jacques Moritz, M.D., an OBGYN at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, one of those ways involves a "push playlist," which is essentially a roundup of songs that can help make labor and delivery feel a bit more enjoyable. And according to Spotify, more than 90,000 people have made playlists for this purpose. Dr. Moritz confirmed that two-thirds of his patients have made playlists to use while giving birth.

"Labor is a really tough thing, and it goes on for a long time, so we try to find things that are comfortable and soothing," said Dr. Moritz. "Music can be very soothing. It's like having a familiar friend singing to you."

Dr. Moritz believes in this so much, he's teamed up with Spotify to create the perfect push playlist.

"People have done this for years," Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, M.D., an OB/GYN in Beverly Hills, said, according to TODAY. "My ex-husband did one for me during my labor 18 and a half years ago!"

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Songs from Dr. Moritz's list include apropos titles like "Fruits Of My Labor" by Lucinda Williams, "Don't Panic" by Coldplay, and "Under Pressure by David Bowie. He suggests that playlists should ideally be around five to 10 hours long. His playlist, which is made up of 30 songs starts with mellow tracks and progresses to songs with stronger beats, which are meant to play when it's time to push.

The grand finale is Bach's "Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1" performed by Yo-Yo Ma, which he chose to add at the end "for the moment women first meet their newborns," according to ABC News. And while the uplifting lyrics many of these songs carry can't hurt, the doctor suggests focusing on songs with strong instrumentals.

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Dr. Moritz also recommends adding music that's comfortable and familiar—but he also advises throwing in a variety of genres.

"People think you would need head-banging metal music to push the baby out, but you have to remember, it's one minute of pushing and then three minutes of quiet time," Dr. Moritz said, according to TODAY Parents. "When you're pushing, you're not even hearing the music."

Feel free to bring your iPhone with a set of personal speakers to take you through the experience of giving birth—and check out the expert-approved playlist below...

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