I’ve always expressed myself through music – from my years of teenage angst to when I turn it up loudly when I’m running errands by myself – because a great struggle of my life has been feeling free and safe to express my emotions. I’m a very tender-hearted person. I just have trouble showing it sometimes (though since Boy #1 was born, I’m finding this to be less and less of a problem – just one way his very existence has healed me).
Knowing this about myself, I knew I’d need a labor playlist during Boy #1’s birth in 2013. So I made one ahead of time. Everyone was telling me that it should be instrumental music (because “words will just annoy you during labor”). But I know me, and I knew I’d need the reassurance of God-centered lyrics when things got tough. And I was right. Listening to this playlist leading up to the birth of Boy #1 was incredibly cathartic for me.
So if you’re pregnant, here are some Christian song suggestions for your labor playlist. I was focused more on words than on tempo, so you’ll find slow and medium tempo songs on this list. And remember that this is the playlist I used in 2013, so if you’re looking for all the very latest tunes you’re out of luck here (sorry!). Maybe I’ll post an updated playlist the next time I’m pregnant (whenever that is).
I hope these songs uplift and encourage you as much as they did for me:
- All of Lindsay McCaul’s “If It Leads Me Back” album
- A Variety of Tenth Avenue North songs, like “Strong Enough To Save” and “Hold My Heart”
- A Variety of Jeremy Camp songs, like “Beyond Measure”, “Let It Fade”, “When You Are Near”, “I Am Nothing”, “Give Me Jesus”, “Walk By Faith”, “I Still Believe”, “Breaking My Fall”, “I Know You’re Calling”, and “In Your Presence”
- A Variety of Casting Crowns songs, like “I Know You’re There” and “Your Love Is Extravagant”
- A Variety of Matthew West songs, like “Strong Enough”, “You Are Everything”, “Safe and Sound”, “More”, and “Rest”
- “How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood
- “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman
- “Revelation Song” by Kari Jobe
- “Whatever You’re Doing (Something Heavenly)” by Sanctus Real
- “Redeemer” by Nicole C. Mullen
- “All This Time” by Britt Nicole
- “Lift Me Up” by The Afters
- “Lead Me to the Cross” by Seventh Day Slumber
- “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath
- “Life Itself” by Aaron Shust
And, because what’s life without whimsy, here are two non-Christian songs that were on my playlist too (because I just love them – and the messages are still quite positive!):
What music was/is on your labor playlist?