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Music streaming service Spotify released a “birthing playlist” on Thursday, which features songs in an order that is “scientifically-designed” to help alleviate the anxiety of women who are in labor.

The app compiled the playlist with Jacques Moritz, New York City-based gynecologist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, who claims 70% of his patients make one for the big day.

“Hospitals, particularly delivery rooms, can be noisy and disconcerting,” Moritz said in a statement, “a good playlist helps distract mothers from these sounds and better manage fear and pain.”

Some of the song titles are rather appropriate, like “Under Pressure” (David Bowie and Queen), “Just Breathe” (Pearl Jam), and “Naked As We Came” (Iron & Wine). Here’s the track list:

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  1. Pearl Jam – Just Breathe
  2. James Bay – Let It Go
  3. Regina Spektor – Don’t Leave Me
  4. Sigur Rós – Festival
  5. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism
  6. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
  7. Norah Jones – Sunrise
  8. Craft Spells – After the Moment
  9. Xavier Rudd – Follow the Sun
  10. Lucinda Williams – Fruits of My Labor
  11. John Lennon – Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
  12. Colbie Caillat – Capri
  13. D’Angelo – Really Love
  14. Milton Nascimento – Nos Bailes Da Vida
  15. Coldplay – Don’t Panic
  16. Fleet Foxes – Your Protector
  17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  18. Kygo (feat. Maty Noyes) – Stay
  19. P!nk – Try
  20. Muse – Starlight
  21. John Legend – All of Me – Tiesto’s Birthday Remix
  22. David Bowie, Queen – Under Pressure
  23. U2 – With or Without You
  24. Wilco – Impossible Germany
  25. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  26. R.E.M. – Nightswimming
  27. Patty Griffin – Heavenly Day
  28. Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came
  29. Beyoncé – Blue
  30. Johann Sebastian Bach, Yo-Yo Ma – Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1

Pregnant women who want to create their own playlists pick at least 5-10 hours worth of favorite songs — especially ones with “strong instrumentals,” he says. In terms of order, he advises putting the “slow and mellow” ones at the beginning, so the high-tempo ones can play when it’s time to push.

And whatever you do, don’t use any of the “Discover Weekly” songs: “The delivery room is not the place to experiment with a new musician or genre,” the news release says.

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