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Labor Of Love: Songs For The Delivery Room

Parents Ali Dilworth and Jaron Olevsky tuned out the beeping sounds of the hospital with music by Stevie Wonder, Emily King, Ethan Gruska and more.
Here at World Cafe, we're in the business of picking music. Making playlists for different occasions is something we do all the time, from holidays to album anniversaries to best-ofs and so on. But we've never a put together playlist for the kind of occasion you'll hear about today; in fact, I had never heard of this type of playlist before. It's a labor playlist, as in a soundtrack for giving birth — and we thought we'd do something a little different on the show and make a house call to find out what makes a great one.

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