In recent weeks my mind has become rather fixated on the birth experience. We have begun taking childbirth classes and my reading life consists almost exclusively of "birth literature." I am not, like many women seem to be, afraid of the birth itself. Labor doesn't scare me, probably because I have absolutely no experience with it. The logistical considerations, however, are keeping me up at night. Like what route to take to the hospital, how many pairs of underwear should I pack in my suitcase, how will we work the phone tree, etc... I know that these are the things I am preoccupied with because they are the things I can make the decisions about, the things I can control. In researching childbirth, I've been pretty interested in learning about relaxation techniques for early labor. Music is a subject that comes up frequently in the birth stories I've read as something that the laboring women were able to grasp onto, to make little rituals out of during contractions. I am currently working on getting some music together for labor, and since I don't know how I'm going to feel, I'm working on several playlists. I've got relaxing/soothing, upbeat/inspiring, and familiar/nostalgic. I don't know why this is, because I'm not even a fan of his, but whenever I think of what music I want to hear during labor I always think of the song Bye Bye Blackbird by Joe Cocker. Something in that rasp is speaking (err..singing) to me.
What I mean to say here is, I am taking suggestions for labor tunes. Can you help a (future) mother out?