Mental Attitude: Sound of Mom’s Voice Aids Fetal Brain Growth.
A new study suggests that babies experience a brain boost when they hear the voice of their mother while in utero. Researchers found that sound centers in babies’ brains grew more quickly when they heard recordings of their mother versus other normal daily sounds. Babies who are born prematurely often suffer from hearing and language problems and these findings may explain why. Co-author Dr. Amir Lahav adds, “Babies begin to hear at 25 weeks’ gestation, and they’re exposed to the mother’s voice and heartbeat. If you put them inside the incubator for five to six weeks, you’re actually depriving them of these maternal exposures to the mother’s voice… The practice of encouraging mothers to visit their premature babies in the newborn nursery should be continued as it has so many other valuable effects.” Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences, February 2015