IN THE WOMB
The more the scientists discover about the development of babies
in the womb, the more wonderful the creation process appears to
be. The following passage might surprise you.
It is being discovered that the infant hears the sounds of the
outside world and knows his mother's voice. But he knows almost
better the voice of his father, that deeper voice which penetrates
the soft tissues easily. And if the father is at the mother's side
during pregnancy, it is a voice that he finds familiar. The following
experiment has already been carried out: the cardiac rhythm of the
infant is checked, it proves to be very rapid; the infant is frightened
by all this hubbub around the mother. But if the father starts to
speak, the child's cardiac rhythm is seen to return to normal. In
the midst of all these voices, he has recognised the voice which
is familiar to him. Some psychiatrists even advise the father to
sing his wife a lullaby every evening during her pregnancy and it
becomes noticeable after birth that this same lullaby immediately
calms the child. It is the same thing, of course, if the mother
Yves Dupoyet, biochemist working in the field of reproduction
What do you think?
Now that you know how aware babies in the womb are to sounds outside
a) how does this affect your ideas on the unborn?
b) what would you like a baby of yours to hear?
c) what things do you think could badly affect him/her?
d) what is your response to the fact that the male voice can be
heard better than the female?