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  • Study: Mom’s Voice Boosts Premature Babies’ Health

    A recent study shows the therapeutic power of a mother’s voice.
  • premature baby handIt’s been scientifically proven that the sound of a mother’s heartbeat helps enhance a child’s learning development, even as early as in utero (in his mother’s womb). In fact, simply talking to your newborn child helps build his language and vocabulary and early stimulation of preemies leads to good performance in different social and learning environments.

    Premature babies, in particular, have been shown to recover faster when mothers talk to them or touch them, and according to a recent study, published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, stimulation of maternal sounds helps improve a premature baby’s condition. 

    The research, led by Amir Lahav, director of the Neonatal Research Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), showed how exposing a preemie to an audio recording of a mother’s heartbeat and voice (the method is called maternal sound stimulation or MSS) led to having an overall lower chance of acquiring cardiorespiratory-related problems.

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    The study involved 14 premature babies between the ages of 26 and 32 weeks old who were exposed to MSS at least four times a day. 

    Said Lahav, "Our findings show that there may be a window of opportunity to improve the physiological health of these babies born prematurely using non-pharmalogical treatments, such as auditory stimulation."

     

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