But what to choose? My wife had Gabriel's Oboe from Ennio Morricone's The Mission playing in the background as our son came into the world. Each to their own!
And the Duchess of Cambridge apparently made a labour playlist, which contained music by Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars and Of Monsters and Men.
So what will you choose to accompany you during the most precious event of your life?
Perhaps take inspiration from this survey of 1,030 mums – 80 per cent of whom listened to music as they gave birth.
Their top 10 rousing tracks was topped by Diana Ross's 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', followed by – aptly - 'Roar' by Katy Perry.
Here's the list in full..
1. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
2. Roar - Katy Perry
3. Angels - Robbie Williams
4. Greatest Day - Take That
5. You're Beautiful - James Blunt
6. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
7. Let it Be - The Beatles
8. Circle of Life - Elton John
9. Ave Maria - JS Bach
10. Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys & Jay
According to the research, most mums used a mixture of genres on their playlists.
Classical was the most popular genre (polling 15 per cent), followed by easy listening (14 per cent), pop (eight per cent), nature sounds, such as waves and whale sounds (six per cent) and rock (which also gained six per cent of the vote).
Mums also believed their choice of music had an impact on their newborn baby.
The survey was conducted by Bounty.
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