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nunnie Wed 17-Aug-11 15:44:31

Who hasn't taken music to hospital with me? Am I missing something, should I do this for this one especially as it is a VBAC?

I am not a classical or whale sounds type of person.

Does it have to be CD or could I take a mix of songs on my IPOD?

Or is that just plain rude would DH get offended, should I take one for him too grin

Nagoo Wed 17-Aug-11 15:49:37

I didn't.

TBH I did enjoy The Smiths in the car on the way to have DD in between the screaming I was singing along wink

I'd make an ipod playlist if you've got time on your hands, and if you've got a dock smile

And nothing for husbands, obviously.

nunnie Wed 17-Aug-11 15:58:54

Ohh smiths they will go on my list.

Don't have a dock was planning on being really rude and wearing my headphones.

DaveGrohlsgirl Wed 17-Aug-11 16:06:12

I didn't have music first time round.......didn't miss it TBH too much going on grin
Second time round I did, but it was more to give DH something to do.......he faffed around with the music, I got on with the job in hand!!
I had radiohead, the verve that type of thing.
Midwives were appreciative though, said it was the best music they'd heard at a birth hmm........cue much smiling from DH

Supersunnyday Wed 17-Aug-11 17:33:26

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AlmaMartyr Wed 17-Aug-11 17:47:05

I didn't take any, didn't miss it either. DH put the radio on at one point but I didn't really notice it.

Nagoo Wed 17-Aug-11 20:29:21

I think headphones might be annoying. Everything is annoying when you are in labour, isn't it? grin

greensnail Wed 17-Aug-11 20:35:49

I brought loads of cds with me for dd1's birth but couldn't be bothered to choose one so midwife put the radio on which played annoying christmas music all day and drove me crazy.

Didn't bother for dd2 but there were people abseiling down the building for charity that day so I have birth to the sound of a crowd cheering which I quite enjoyed to be honest.

melwood Thu 18-Aug-11 17:47:45

I took an ipod docking station with my "chill out" playlist which was really lovely, helped me stay calm and focused so definitely helped (apart from when one midwife asked me who was singing inbetween pushing contractions which annoyed the hell out of me at the time)

Pootles2010 Thu 18-Aug-11 17:50:10

I planned on having all nice relaxing stuff, didn't want it in car on way there, was getting cross with everything, wanted guns n roses instead - was screaming along with Axl grin

Didn't have anything in the actual birth room as hospital bag didn't make it out of the car till about an hour after ds was born.

PrincessScrumpy Thu 18-Aug-11 21:06:50

didn't with dd1 but this time I'm having cs and dh has a project. I'm not bothered but might appreciate it?!

TheOldestCat Thu 18-Aug-11 21:09:17

Listened to Radio 2 for most of my (very long) labour with DD, my first.

Hence I have a Pavlovian response to Ken Bruce's 'Popmaster' (shudders).

Greensnail - love the idea of a crowd cheering you on!

CitizenOscar Thu 18-Aug-11 21:11:12

We took music with us but the music player in the delivery room was broken and by the time we got there I was too far into it to really care about music. But DH would have welcomed the distraction.

fuzzyfeltfox Fri 19-Aug-11 21:00:23

I listened to Classic FM for most of my (very long) labour. DS was born just after Christmas so they were still playing loads of carols- I have yet to see what kind of emotional response it brings out in me, will be able to say in a few months time no doubt! Midwives appreciated it I think, said my room was 'calming'. Well, the music was anyway...

HandMini Fri 19-Aug-11 21:34:07

No, I didn't take music and didn't miss it.

I did take a pillow though...mmm, a lovely feather pillow with a cool crisp cotton cover. I was very very pleased to have done this (on the advice of a midwife) as the hospital pillows were crappy foam pads and you do want to sit up and get comfy to feed etc.

RhinestoneCowgirl Fri 19-Aug-11 21:40:08

I had a CD of 'relaxing birth music' for birth #1 <rolls eyes>. On repeat, farking seagulls every 45 mins.

birth#2 - Play by Moby, selected pretty much at random, on repeat but ok as labour was only about 4 hrs.

I just like a bit of background noise to take my mind off the noises I'm making.

exoticfruits Fri 19-Aug-11 22:02:08

No-it would have been irritating.

LiegeAndLief Fri 19-Aug-11 22:11:57

I listened to radio 4 all the way through my VBAC. I found it strangely soothing.

Same as OldestCat, started with Janice Long and went in to Chris Evans, didn't bother with music/radio at the hospital and I was at it 'til gone 7pm. Was too in the zone to bother with anything going on around me.

theborrower Sun 21-Aug-11 21:52:35

Spent ages preparing playlists (energetic, favourite tunes, chilled out stuff), then ended up going to theatre for an EMCS on arrival at hospital! The theatre staff said they didn't have an I-pod dock, so they just kept their CD on. It was The Doors, which was quite cool actually. Next time, I'd probably still take an i-pod in, but would burn a CD too, just in case. Would have been nice and relaxing (distracting!) to have had some favourite tunes on in theatre.

RegLlamaOfBrixton Mon 22-Aug-11 12:39:04

Also listened to Classic fm and classical CDs when I got bored with the ad breaks, MW said she loved coming into my room because it was all so calm (until transition hit grin). Anything by Ralph Vaughan Williams now makes me feel thoroughly overemotional as it takes me straight back.

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