New Music Research Finds The Unborn Singing and Dancing at 16 Weeks

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New Music Research Finds The Unborn Singing and Dancing at 16 Weeks

Research validating the importance and the effectiveness of sound and healing therapy is always essential to post. New research on music and unborn children, made possible through new technology called a ‘Babypod,’ was recently published in the journal, Ultrasound, by the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) on September 29, 2015. The article was entitled, “Fetal facial expression in response to intravaginal music emission.”(1) The research, was highlighted in an article written by Anne Sewell at, on October 8, 2015, entitled, ‘Spanish Study Shows Fetuses ‘Sing and Dance’ To Music In The Womb.’(2) The article was also highlighted by Dave Andrusko at on October 8, 2015, as “Unborn babies “sing and dance” to music, proving that “learning begins in the womb.” (3)

The research concludes that fetuses begin hearing at 16 weeks, as opposed to the previous findings of 26 weeks, and that providing babies with an early musical education has immense educational and health benefits. Our family has personally witnessed the evidence and fruit of an early music education, due to my own graduate research on the gifted and talented and its application on our own three children from conception forward. I played classical music and worship music throughout both my single and twin pregnancies. I have a testimony in my book, “Was I Not Listening OR Did Someone Not Tell Me – The Journey of a Psalmist (REVISED EDITION WITH 31 DAY DEVOTIONAL), of our newborn being extremely stressed from a 27 hour induced labor emergency C-section, lifting himself up moments after delivery and turning his head toward the music his father had placed in the bassinet to calm him, instantly ceasing the intense crying and amazing doctors and staff. Possessing both piano and vocal degrees, I played both recorded music and live piano/voice to our unborn children from the onset. They were also musically educated as preschoolers in the Suzuki piano and violin methods (4). As adults, all three are professional musicians, meticulously skilled at their giftings and instruments. Therefore, I post this article from personal experience, and hugely delight in sharing research validating music and its immense benefits on behalf of the next generation’s wholeness, health, and learning potential!

The BMUS website states,“Our study suggests that music induces a response that activates brain circuits, stimulating language and communication.” (1) Sewell points out the importance of this research as:

1) “aiding in the diagnosis of various conditions in the child, including deafness and also allows pregnant women to verify fetal well-being.”
2) “helping to improve ultrasound scans, due to the movement of the fetus brought on by hearing the music in the womb.”
3) “helping the fetus respond to the sound of music with movements of vocalization, which is a prelude to singing and speaking.”

Sewell also states that “Using the role of music in fetal development is nothing new to the Institut Marqués, however. Back in July this year the Inquisitr reported on how Spanish singer-songwriter Antonio Orozco, visited the center to play music to 380 embryos, intended for in vitro fertilization. The session supports the institute’s research into how music plays an important role in the development of both embryos and fetuses.” (2)

These research findings are exciting on numerous fronts, bearing witness to the importance of life at conception, early learning, and sound and healing therapy as an essential tool for body, mind, soul, emotions, and spirit. Fine tune the music by adjusting the tuning to A 444 Hz or A 432 Hz, as opposed to the international standard tuning of A 440 Hz, and the beneficial possibilities are limitless!  To anyone reading this article, I would love to collaborate in a study utilizing sound and healing therapy spontaneous music to further validate the benefits of music in early learning, as well as on health and well-being.

To read/research further:

(1) Ultrasound (British Medical Ultrasound Society)



(4) Suzuki Method

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