NYC Doctor Collaborates With Spotify to Create a Playlist for Giving Birth

The "push playlist" includes hits from Pearl Jam to Coldplay.

ByABC News
March 4, 2016, 1:01 PM

— -- One New York City doctor has created the perfect playlist for expecting mothers.

Dr. Jacques Moritz, an attending obstetrician and gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, teamed up with Spotify to create the ultimate playlist for when an expectant mother goes into labor. The "Birthing Playlist" was designed specifically to accompany women through childbirth, according to Moritz. The playlist helps mothers block the distractions in a delivery room.

"Hospitals, particularly delivery rooms, can be noisy and disconcerting," Moritz said in a press release. "A good playlist helps distract mothers from these sounds and better manage fear and pain, leading to a more positive delivery experience.”

Moritz also explained why listening to music is beneficial for women who are in labor, saying that it helps provide "comfort and strength" during the delivery process.

"Music strongly influences our central nervous system's limbic system which manages our memories, emotions, and how we deal with fear and pain,” Moritz said. “It makes sense that women would turn to music during childbirth as a source of comfort and strength."

The "Birthing Playlist" features 30 tracks and starts with songs that are "slow and mellow" before transitioning into songs with a "stronger beat for when it’s time to push," Moritz said. The playlist ends with Bach’s "Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1" performed by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma "for the moment women first meet their newborns," she said.

If you'd rather make your own "push playlist," Moritz recommends choosing songs with strong instrumentals, and says that the playlist should ideally be five to 10 hours long.

Here is the entire "Birthing Playlist" track list, which you can listen to on Spotify here:

1. Pearl Jam - Just Breathe

2. James Bay - Let It Go

3. Regina Spektor - Don’t Leave Me

4. Sigur Rós - Festival

5. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

6. The Lumineers - Ho Hey

7. Norah Jones - Sunrise

8. Craft Spells - After the Moment

9. Xavier Rudd - Follow the Sun

10. Lucinda Williams - Fruits of My Labor

11. John Lennon - Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

12. Colbie Caillat - Capri

13. D’Angelo - Really Love

14. Milton Nascimento - Nos Bailes Da Vida

15. Coldplay - Don’t Panic

16. Fleet Foxes - Your Protector

17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

18. Kygo Maty Noyes - Stay

19. P!nk - Try

20. Muse - Starlight

21. John Legend - All of Me - Tiesto’s Birthday Remix

22. David Bowie, Queen - Under Pressure

23. U2 - With or Without You

24. Wilco - Impossible Germany

25. Arcade Fire - Wake Up

26. R.E.M. - Nightswimming

27. Patty Griffin - Heavenly Day

28. Iron & Wine - Naked As We Came

29. Beyoncé - Blue

30. Johann Sebastian Bach, Yo-Yo Ma - Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1