Have you ever cried at music?
I definitely have, and to confess further, you know that Twinings advert with the boat? I'm a sucker for the song off there, which is the Charlene Soraia cover of "Wherever You Will Go".
It made me cry after a nightshift. I'd been on the birthcentre in funny positions listening in to fetal hearts 'way up high, and down low'.
And listening to live folk music, especially with more than one female voice, has been known to reduce me to a weepy mess.
Music is powerful and a useful tool for midwives.
When I hear songs now that I used to play during my midwifery training, memories bubble up, and make me reflect on how far I've come.
It reminds me how important music was to coping with the challenges.
And, of course, sometimes the music I played was just about getting my bottom out of bed and into work!
So I've made you this midwifery playlist. In this post, I want to share with you the ten most important tracks which got me through my training.
I still listen to these all the time. Some are classic, some I bet you won't have heard of, some you might think are silly. All are important to me.
And I hope after you listened, you'll share your favourite midwifery tracks with me!
1. The song you play when 'nooo, it can't be time to get up for shift already'. Go with the rhythm.
K'naan - In The Beginning
2. The song you play when you want to feel serene, and when you need to play something calm during a labour:
Ludovico Einaudi – Olremare
3. The song you play, especially in New Zealand, when someone wants some music on to push to:
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
4. The song you play when you're reflecting and grieving because sometimes midwifery doesn't have a happy ending (I remember playing this while washing up in the evening and crying my eyes out. Helped loads.):
Cat Empire - Miserere
5. Song you play when you think 'WTH am I doing in this job, it's soooo hard!' (Love the lyrics of the chorus here):
Pink - Try
6. The song you play when you're getting up the energy to exercise between shifts (It starts properly at 0:30 and is best on big speakers. Proceed with caution, a triple espresso of a song):
Pendulum – Set Me On Fire
7. The song you play when you've got a midwifery essay to write and need inspiration:
Daft Punk - Around The World
8. The song you play because it's the nightshift anthem:
Bedouin Soundclash - When The Night Feels My Song
9. The song you play when it's your night off:
Cat Empire - The Wine Song
10. The song you play just because midwifery rocks:
Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
11. Bonus! One of my favourite songs ever - the song you play because midwifery's not an office job and it never will be:
Martha Tilston and the Woods - Artificial
I really hope you enjoyed these!
Please let me know your midwifery playlist recommendations - could be something for writing essays, dancing off frustration, having a good, reflective cry, or something else that's important to you.
As always thanks so much for reading, and if you found this midwifery playlist helpful, it be very helpful for me if you shared it.