For my first labour I had a CD made up of songs I played to bub in utero, I forgot to take it with me so the nurses just pressed play on the CD player and there was some indian/hindu sorta music on that was playing in the background which was nice, after one almighty contaction I heard the music that must have been playing for hours and realised it was now chinese type music that didnt appeal to me in the slightest (I asked nicely for it to be turned off LOL), Second time around they had the radio on, I honestly didnt hear it or notice it helping - in saying that I think music during your first stages (i.e. at home) can be very relaxing but from personal experience I dont think it matters much once your in the last stages of labour as you are too focused on the job at hand. Other Mums I have spoken to say it was more relaxing with the music so definately have some there for the option. I chose the Love Actually soundtrack which I still play to both and relaxes "THEM" immensely - just wish it had the same effect on me. Good Luck with your labour.
Christopher 08/10/05 William 30/12/08