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Listening In: The Delivery Room September 15, 2007E-mail this story E-mail this story
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Listening In
Weekend America has shared stories about music to listen to while sleeping and while playing poker. In this installment of "Listening In," Gideon D'Arcangelo brings you music to give birth to.

Weekend America's "Give Birth" Listener-Generated Playlist

Song Title Artist Album
1. Lovely Little Dreamer Tom Grant Instinct
"My wife and I found Tom Grant's music soothing and inspiring. Fifteen years later, my son hosted us at a benefit concert for his high school music program, intimate evening with Tom Grant!"
From Chris Mitchell in Portland, Ore.
2. Waiting for a Miracle
The Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia Band
"We had burned a long CD to play in the hospital, but when Charlie chose that song to make his big entrance, it felt like kismet. As the lyrics go, we had been 'working and waiting for the night to come.'"
From Sara Lenet Rotenberg in Chicago, Ill.
3. Hold On Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips
"After awhile I didn't hear the music any more, but the nurse finally asked if we could turn off the music because she was tired of listening to it for the 100th time. "
From Kelly Wright-Glynn in Minnesota
4. This is Home Lucy Kaplansky The Red Thread
"I didn't give birth to my child - she is adopted. But the song, 'This is Home' by Lucy Kaplansky, was the song that accompanied her 'birth' into our family. After receiving our referral, we had about 6 weeks to wait for travel approvals, etc. That is a LONG labor!"
From Eric in Bowling Green, OH
5. The Water is Wide Lucy Blue Tremblay Because of You
"Her deep and soulful singing was calming to me....I guess I connected it to the waters of birth somehow."
From Carolyn Meeks in Omhaha, Neb.
6. Whirling Dervish Omar Faruk Tekbilek Whirling
"The song starts out slow and dreamy, but increases with intensity throughout the song, much like labor and birth itself. It felt like the perfect soundtrack for Sofia's welcome into this world - sensual, magical, and sacred."
From Angela Silling in Seattle, Wash.
7. After the Gold Rush Neil Young After the Gold Rush
"That is a song and an album that has been with me since my middle school days -- and it just seemed to make the most sense as the soundtrack for this, my most amazing adventure yet! "
From Bill Diskin in Charlotte, N.C.
8. I Wanna Be Sedated The Ramones Weird Tales of the Ramones
"It was actually unintended, happened to have been on the cassette we brought to record baby's first noise. Note: dad needed sedation way before mom did."
From Barbara Jessing in Omaha, Neb.
9. Beaches Jimmy Buffet Boats Beaches Bars
"I got through the 'Beaches' CD (part of Jimmy's box set 'Boats Beaches Bars and Ballads') one-and-a-half times as I pushed my first baby boy into our lives. It had some of my favorite songs on it, and I avoided 'Why Don't We Get Drunk.'"
From Jenny Myers in Tacoma, Wash.