The songs moms love - as they give birth

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London - The Diana Ross classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and Katy Perry’s Roar are the most popular songs women choose to listen to while giving birth, says a survey.

The poll, by parenting club Bounty, revealed the increasing trend for playing music on the labour ward. It found that four out of five women said they listened to music during childbirth.

Other favourites included Greatest Day by Take That, Angels by Robbie Williams and You’re Beautiful, by James Blunt.

Celebrities also admit to music helping them during labour – DJ Fearne Cotton has said that she couldn’t have given birth without music, while the Duchess of Cambridge made a playlist which included Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars and Of Monsters and Men.

Mariah Carey even celebrated the birth of twins Moroccan and Monroe by playing her own hit We Belong Together.

Bounty spokesman Lisa Penney said: ‘Research has shown familiar music can help moms feel calm and in control when giving birth.

‘And in a practical sense it can also help to block out distractions in the delivery room, such as background noise.’

The poll of 1,030 mothers also found that even though many women said they liked listening to music when they gave birth, two thirds – 61 percent – could not actually remember which song their baby was born to.

And although classical music is generally considered more relaxing, Bach’s Ave Maria was the only classical piece to make the top ten, along with the Beatles track Let it Be, the Circle of Life from the Lion King, I’m Every Woman by Chaka Khan and Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z.

Lisa Penney added: ‘We’ve seen a growing trend for creating playlists for labour – although you may want to consider whether head-banging heavy metal will really create the most relaxing environment to welcome a baby into the world.’ - Daily Mail

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