Thursday, April 19, 2007

Suggestion Jukebox

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?