Will babies recognize their mother’s voice at birth?

Institut Marquès has participated in the 1st World Congress on Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine in London. There we have presented the last findings from our scientific studies about the effects of music in the beginning of life.

Institut Marquès has participated in the 1st World Congress on Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine in London. There we have presented the last findings from our scientific studies about the effects of music in the beginning of life.

These IM studies reveal that the unborn baby is unable to recognize the maternal voice because he hears virtually nothing of what comes from the outside. The foetus only hears the sounds that arrive to him from the mother’s vagina.

According to Dr. Álex García-Faura, scientific director of Institut Marquès, “in our studies we get the foetus to hear the maternal voice through a vaginal player (Babypod) and we see that they respond in the same way to any person’s voice. We believe that this occurs because they have not been able to perceive their mother’s voice previously through the maternal abdomen”

Thus, it is now investigated whether via vaginal sound emission during pregnancy will allow the baby to recognize the mother’s voice at birth.

Dr. García-Faura explains that “studies around the mother’s voice recognition are a challenge and we also want to know if this will be a stimulus for further language and communication development.”

Babypod is the only device that allows communication between the baby and his mother. Pregnant women can bring it to their ultrasound scans.

The device that is inserted into the vagina as if it were a tampon, it is connected to the mobile and allows you to get the foetus to hear the music or any human voice.

The use of vaginal music has important medical applications: it allows to rule out foetal deafness (if the baby responds to music, this obviously means that he is not deaf). It also facilitates the ultrasounds since, in inducing the movement, the foetal structures are better seen. Using Babypod also allows the mother to check foetal well-being.