My Sound Birthing Experience (Part 2)
Last week I got kind of personal with you.
The nightly relaxation sessions and singing sessions that are part of the Sound Birthing Method are some of my most cherished moments from that pregnancy.
There were two other components of the program that were especially meaningful to my family and I. In today’s blog post I’d love to share with you why:
The Womb Song
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, B, I listened to “Fields of Gold” by Eva Cassidy every night before I went to bed. I wanted to use this as a song that I could play when she entered the world to calm her and remind her of when she was safe and warm in my belly.
On one of her first nights in the hospital, we were having a particularly rough time where we could not get her to calm down. As soon as we started playing “Fields of Gold,” she immediately stopped crying and calmed for us. It was as if she really did recognize that song.
As part of the Sound Birthing Method, my coach Jamie encouraged me to write my own original song – called the Womb Song – for my baby. This is a song I would sing every night before going to bed.
Since Rock A Bye Baby is a very relaxing song for B, I decided to incorporate some of those same lyrics into my Womb Song:
Rock a bye baby I love you
Rock a bye baby you’re mine.
You’re my baby girl,
And I love you so.
Rock a bye baby you’re mine.
Every night after my relaxation sessions, I would sing the Womb Song to baby until I fell asleep.
Fast forward to baby’s birth-day. As soon as she was placed on my chest, the Womb Song was one of the first songs she heard me sing. I distinctly remember her little eyes looking around and her crying start to slow as she heard me sing and I know she recognized this song I had written just for her.
Feel Good Playlist
I think the part of the process that my husband and I had the most fun with was the feel good playlist.
This playlist was one we created together that was filled with songs to help keep me (and my hubs!) calm leading up to and during my c-section. And let me tell you, it worked!
We started the playlist off with “Home” by Phil Phillips, a song that holds a special place in our hearts because it was the song B was born to. Then we added songs we had a positive association with, like “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” by Travis Tritt and “Three Little Birds”.
We also included songs that had especially meaningful lyrics, like my personal fave “Living in the Moment” by Jason Mraz and “Do You Realize?” by the Flaming Lips (my hubby’s personal fave).
I’ll never forget listening to “Living in the Moment” as we drove down the dark and peaceful streets of Miami at 5am on our way to the hospital or hearing “Satellite” by Dave Matthews Band when we heard our baby’s first cries.
Now we can listen to the playlist again and again and it takes us right back to those moments. How awesome is that?
So now I’m curious. What is the song for you? The song that takes you right back to a certain moment in time.
Leave a comment below to let me know.