I didn't have music first time round.......didn't miss it TBH too much going on 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 ........cue much smiling from DH
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)
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 ). Anything by Ralph Vaughan Williams now makes me feel thoroughly overemotional as it takes me straight back.