TP4W’s Ultimate Birthing Playlist

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Never underestimate the power of music. Research indicates that music-therapy during labor can increase a woman’s tolerance to pain, decrease anxiety, and increase labor and uterus activity which may even shorten your labor’s duration.

Once your hospital bag is packed, consider making a birthing playlist to help you through labor. Actually, you may want to make two—one with upbeat, high energy songs that will make you want to dance your way through early labor and another with slower, more relaxing songs to help calm you during the active and transition phases. Keep in mind that to reap the most benefits you’ll need to choose songs that you feel a connection with. 

To help get you started, here are some of our favorites:

For early labor

  1. “Breathin'” Ariana Grande
  2. “Push It” Salt n Pepa
  3. “I’m Coming Out” Diana Ross
  4. “Happy” Pharrell Williams
  5. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Guns n Roses
  6. “Under Pressure” David Bowie/Queen
  7. “Get Ready for This” 2Unlimited
  8. “Isn’t She Lovely” Stevie Wonder
  9. “Roar” Katy Perry
  10. “Try” Pink
  11. “Stronger” Kelly Clarkson
  12. “You Can Do It (Put Your Back Into It)” Ice Cube/Mack 10
  13. “Hot In Herre” Nelly
  14. Let’s Get It Started in Here” Black Eyed Peas
  15. Fighter” Christina Aguilera

For active and transition stages

  1. At Last” by Etta James
  2. “Hold You in My Arms” by Ray LaMontagne
  3. “Better Together” Jack Johnson
  4. “All of Me” John Legend
  5. “Brave” Sara Bareilles
  6. “Sunrise” Norah Jones
  7. “Ho Hey” The Lumineers
  8. “Look Up Child” Lauren Daigle
  9. “More of You” Chris Stapleton
  10. “Sweetest Devotion” Adele
  11. “Something in the Way She Moves” James Taylor
  12. “You’re Beautiful” James Blunt
  13. “I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz
  14. “Blue” Beyonce
  15. “Lullaby for Wyatt” Sheryl Crow

Stream our ‘For Early Labor’ and ‘For Active Labor’ playlists for free on Spotify. You may want to tuck a small Bluetooth speaker in your bag. Or, better yet, a pair of wireless headphones since you may be encouraged to walk around during early labor. 

At Triangle Physicians for Women, our goal is to help you have the birthing experience that you desire while keeping your health and the health of your baby the priority. Our collaborative team of doctors and midwives have been caring for patients in Cary and Holly Springs for 25 years. For questions about our practice or to schedule an appointment, call (919) 678-6900. 


I think Dr. Grana and her assistant (Mandy) are the best. I have been going to TP4W for years – at least 20, and I have never been disappointed with the level of care I have received. I can be a challenge as my level for pain tolerance is low and they put up with me! I can’t help but highly recommend the practice to anyone looking for exemplary women’s healthcare.

Love love love Dr. Grana and her crew. Love going to Holly Springs office. The girls are the best from Lisa at the front desk to all the girls in the back. Your music and atmosphere is great. Thanks for making these appointments fun!! Yes believe it or not, fun!!!

Dr V and the office staff were all very professional, understanding, caring and very efficient. I would be happy to recommend this practice to friends, family and associates. – Barbara M. Lucas

My visit was great! & my past visit have all been great.Kristy helped me even with me being a bit stressed & in a hurry because I had to be seen & my job is super strict. Her urgency to get me seen was phenomenal. I even got to see Heather, she’s awesome & amazing. She helped deliver my baby girl a year ago. My whole family loves her and Dr Sheshadri. We actually can’t wait to get pregnant again hahaha. Everyone treats you with respect and always makes sure your okay & answers whatever questions you have before you leave. Even leaving a message for the nurses,they get back to you so quickly.  This practice really makes you feel taken care of.  We appreciate you all!  – Erika Hooks

My experience with the TP4W staff has been top of the line.  They helped me through three pregnancies and coached me through every step of the way.  Eternally thankful I chose TP4W.  – Britney

TP4W have such amazing doctors, midwives and nurses.  I cannot say enough about Dr. Grana and the rest of the staff for all the help, advice, guidance and medical care they provided me with all of my kids.  She made me feel safe and calm through both c-sections.  My routine care and pregnancy care have always been top notch and I would recommend them to anyone looking for an OBGYN.  – Brooke

We were honored to receive a hand written note..

Dr. Grana, Angie, Jessica, Heather, April, Sarah and the rest of the staff –

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of me through both of my pregnancies and births, especially my latest one on 10/29! most of yall know how nervous I was from having gone through a lot (to say the least) with my first in 2016. You all made me feel so comfortable and at ease before, during and after. And going through a touch year with my dad, you guys always asked how he was doing at every appointment, which was so thoughtful and beyond your job description. I know that you all see many women go through what i did each and every day and deliver many babies and perform many c-sections. But I hope you know how special Ruby’s delivery was to me. You all have amazing jobs! I cannot thank you all enough. Merry Christmas!

Love, Lucy

I have been going to TP4W since 2010/11 and could not be happier.

The staff, nurses, midwives, and doctors are all amazing. I have 2 sons, both delivered via cesarean by Dr. V. Every visit and every provider did everything in their power to give me the birth experience I wanted, and also ensure that myself and my babies were safe and healthy. Dr. V even did everything in his power to help me avoid my first c-section and VBAC with the second, but that turned out to be out of his hands and he was the absolute best surgeon. With my two pregnancies, I experienced a few scares and some unusual circumstances that would be too long and too private to write in a review, but every single hurdle was handled with grace, honesty, and professionalism. I am so thankful for the recommendation from a friend to come to this office. I can’t imagine ever going to another practice.

TP4W is amazing and I am so very thankful I found them 9 years ago!! Amazing partnership between midwives and doctors, sweet nurses and front end staff, and relaxing environment. I literally recommend them to all my friends! I look forward to my appointments and feel like I’m going to catch up with old friends.

I’ve always had wonderful experiences at TP4W. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough in their care. April delivered my son and I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She is patient and compassionate. I had the best labor and delivery experience thanks to her. I do and will continue to recommend them to my friends and family!