I have a huge nerdy confession to make. TRUTH TIME! I’m kind of obsessed with 1990’s songs, especially pop and dance music. When I go for walks or work out, I LOVE pumping my 90’s jams. These songs are so sexy, juicy, and right on. They have to have something to say about birth, right?
We know that birth is ruled by oxytocin, as part of the process of holistic birth. Check out my blog post on the zones of holistic birth here. Good vibes, slow waves, and hormones support our birth in the mental and chemical zones. This leads to a more calm, comfortable, and confident birth experience.
Alright, let’s JAM!
1. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
“It’s such a good vibration
It’s such a sweet sensation
It’s such a good vibration
It’s such a sweet sensation”
Who doesn’t get pumped when they hear this song? One thing that 1990’s songs seem to have in common is GOOD VIBES. In birth, your vibrations are directly related to your intuition. How do you want to feel in birth? Creating a calm and nurturing birth environment will make your good vibrations skyrocket for a better birth experience.
Has anyone told you that you can actually enjoy birth? We’re often presented with birth as it’s a horrible thing happening to us. All experiences are valid and different. But birth can be full of good vibrations and sweet sensations, if that resonates with you.
2. Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca
“She’ll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain
She’ll make you live her crazy life, but she’ll take away your pain”
One of the hallmarks of labor progress is often called “loss of modesty.” As your labor moves from early labor and through active labor, hormones and brain wave changes will activate different types of thinking and acting.
So many parents worry about what to wear in labor. You’ll probably find that, eventually, you don’t care what you’re wearing in birth. This is because your body is so busy and your mind-body-spirit is so intensely focused on birthing that there is no need to worry about clothing. During this time, birthing parents often find that they are free from inhibitions and get down to their primal nature. This is normal and part of the natural birth process.
3. Reel 2 Reel – I Like to Move it
“I like to move it, move it
I like to move it, move it
I like to move it, move it
You like to move it”
One thing 1990’s songs have in common is that they make you want to MOVE IT!
Firstly, movement is incredibly important in pregnancy and birth. In pregnancy, movement keeps your body in the best possible physical shape and prepares your body for birth. Secondly, you can use movement in labor for an easier and more comfortable birth experience.
You can try the following movements in labor to support your birth: walking, lunging, squatting, hands and knees, slow dancing with a partner, swaying your hips, sitting on the toilet forwards or backwards, rotating side lying positions, and so so so much more.
Listen to your body and MOVE IT.
4. Ace of Base – The Sign
“I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes
I saw the sign
Life is demanding without understanding
I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes”
Birth can push us to the limit of what we believe to be possible. Firstly, labor moves from early to active labor. As your cervix dilates and your labor progresses, you move into the time of transition (from 8-10cm dilation).
In transition, it is common to for big feelings to rise up. You might feel like you can’t continue, or you might find that you feel out of control. Fear can pop up as well. You’re moving to your most open point and this is an incredibly vulnerable and powerful time. Many parents feel intensely hot or cold, there could be shaking, nausea and vomiting, and a loss of confidence. The birthing person may need intense nurturing during this time.
These feelings are an important SIGN that your baby will be here soon! It’s important to recognize this sign to understand how close you really are to meeting your baby.
5. No Doubt – Just a Girl
“I’m just a girl
I’m just a girl in the world
That’s all that you’ll let me be
Oh, I’m just a girl, living in captivity
Your rule of thumb makes me worrisome
Oh, I’m just a girl, what’s my destiny?
What I’ve succumbed to is making me numb”
1990’s songs get my fists pumping…
YOU have choices in birth. If you don’t know your choices, you don’t have any. YOU can be the center of the spiral in your birth experience. You don’t have to succumb to someone else’s plan for your birth.
Ask your provider and your birth place all of your questions. Ask them early. Advocate for clear answers about their policies, procedures, and protocols. Get in touch with your intuition and choose what feels right for your family. YOU can have a POWERFUL birth.
***I’m not endorsing any of these artists or their ideas. I’m simply applying random memorable lyrics to make connections to big ideas in birth.
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