Strange new vaginal speaker allows you to play music to your unborn baby
Published 07/01/2016 | 12:27
A new speaker has been designed which will allow expectant mothers to broadcast their music of choice directly to their unborn baby.
Scientists in Barcelona’s Institut Marques have developed a silicone speaker which is designed to nurture the communication skills of unborn babies from the 16-week point.
Babypod can be inserted into the vagina much like a tampon and play music directly to the foetus through means of a smart phone.
Researchers behind the invention exposed unborn children to music both vaginally through Babypod and also through headphones placed around the mother’s stomach.
The study found that the music exposed to the foetus vaginally prompted physical responses from the unborn child, while the music broadcast through headphones on the abdomen did not prompt a response.
The study involved the participation of women who ranged in gestation from 14 weeks to 39 weeks of pregnancy.
Lead researcher of the study Dr Marisa Lopez Teijon revealed that music broadcast vaginally encouraged unborn babies to move their mouth and tongue “as if they were trying to speak”.
The speaker created by Dr Marisa Lopez Teijon and her team is inserted into the vagina of a expectant mum and connected to a smart phone via a wire. Mums can also join in on the listening by connecting their own headphones to the device.
The speaker emits a 54 decibel sound and does not contain a battery, Bluetooth or radiofrequency so as to protect the foetus.
The device is said to help advance the communication skills of unborn children by stimulating the neurons in their brains, which will work towards vocalisation and language later in life.