Did you let your baby listen to music while he or she was still in your womb?
It doesn't have to be Mozart or Beethoven 24/7; it could just be your singing voice singing to your unborn child. In fact, a mom's (or dad's) voice is even more soothing than your random playlist. According to ear, nose, and throat specialist Rina Quintos, M.D., a baby inside the womb can recognize his or her mother’s voice and be calmed by it. Even so, playing music has long been established as a great way to stimulate baby in utero.
We're curious, how do you play music to your baby inside your womb? Regular speakers? Gets the job done. Wearable speakers specifically designed for playing tunes on you baby belly? Not bad at all.
Now, how do you feel about vagina speakers?
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Vagina speakers, also known as Babypod, is raising the bar on playing tunes to babies in the womb. It's was created to let babies enjoy the full benefits of music sans the muffled sound quality. It’s an orb-shaped intrauterine device--yes, you put them on like how you would a tampon--created and tested by Institut Marquès, an internationally renowned center in gynecology, obstetrics and assisted reproduction based in Barcelona, Spain.
According to its website, "The vagina is a closed space, so sound is not dispersed in the environment. In addition, there are less soft tissue layers separating the baby from the sound target, only the vaginal and uterine walls. By placing a speaker inside the vagina, we overcome the barrier formed by the abdominal wall and the baby can hear sounds with almost as much intensity and clarity as when emitted."
The company’s study published in the British Journalclaims that when sound played in the womb is not muffled, most babies react with body and/or mouth and tongue movements when sound and babies react to music differently every time “it depends on the neuronal activity in the brainstem at the time. It is not a reflex, it is a response and it depends on several factors.” It may depend on several factors such as the expecting mom’s sugar levels. Plus, this musical tamposn, so to speak, helps detect hearing problems early on.
In December last year, Babypod held “the first concert for fetuses in the world,” with singer Soraya Arnelas seranading the the unborn babies with Christmas songs "I've never been performing for such a young audience so for me, it's a very special show!" she said during the concert. Watch for yourself:
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Babypod plays music only at 54 decibels, or the volume equivalent to the sound of a hushed conversation, so you can't damage baby’s hearing. The vaginal piece is made of silicone and contains no battery, Bluetooth, or radio frequency. It’s not, however, advised for preggos at high-risk for uterine malformations, preterm labor, premature rupture of the membranes or placenta previa, have 9or had had) vaginal or urinary tract infections, and those who are having labor contractions of cervix dilation.
A baby in the womb react to music as early as 16 weeks in gestation. Upon making their way into this world, a newborns’ sense of hearing is much more developed than the sense of sight. Ergo, a baby can hear sounds first than see what's making the sound. Mariel Labayen, program director of Action Kidz Child Center, says that music can influence a baby’s mood and his emotions. Research has also shown that music is a perfect stimulus for learning and plays an important role in social communication in a baby. This new device could possibly give babies in the womb an early start.
You can puchase Babypod for under P6,500 here. It comes with five songs, and a downloadable that's only currently available on Google Play, and soon on The AppStore and Windows.
Would you be willing to try Babypod? Let us know in the comments below.
Sources: January 5, 2016."'Babypod' plays music for fetuses after being inserted into vagina" (nydailynews.com) January 5, 2015. Vagina Concert For Foetuses: Unborn Babies Listen To Music In The Womb (herfamily.ie) Undated. "What is Babypod?" (babypod.net)