I just recently had my second home birth welcoming a precious baby girl into our family. There’s so much physical preparation for a home (or natural) birth but for me, the preparation of my mind for what’s to come is the most important.
Leading up to both births, I prayed over the atmosphere in my home. I prayed that it would be peaceful, encouraging, empowering and calm. The thing that helped me the most aside from prayer and my scripture affirmations was creating a worship playlist for pregnancy and labor with some of my favorite christian music songs.
With my first born, I went into labor in the middle of the night (1:30 am Christmas morning!) and I immediately grabbed my headphones. I listened to my playlist as the waves of contractions began to wash over me.
The Impact of Music on Your Mind
Music has such a strong impact on your mind and mental state. The effects of music have been shown to decrease levels of anxiety and stress in the mother and improve fetal parameters during the gestation and delivery periods.
Music can be SO powerful.
I’ve seen many times how praise and worship music can shift an atmosphere and make anxiety flee.
Curate a Playlist
If you’re having trouble quieting your mind and any fears you may be having surrounding your birth, creating a playlist to listen to throughout your pregnancy and while you labor is a great place to start.
I created my labor playlist in Spotify curating it with worship songs that have spoken to my heart.
Worship Songs From my Playlist
Some of my absolute favorites that brought me peace and directed my mind back to the Lord during pregnancy and labor are:
Gratitude – Brandon Lake
Details – Sarah Reeves
Tremble – Mosaic
Way Maker – Leland
Song of My Father – Urban Rescue
Pray Something – SEU Worship
Into the Deep – Citipointe Worship
Rest on Us – Maverick City Music
Come to Me – David Baloche
Surrounded (Fight my Battles) – UPPERROOM
Listen to my full labor and birth playlist here.