More pregnancy music related research and articles may be found in the Womb Music Section of the Bellysonic Moms-to-Be Blog.

Times Colonist – Saturday, December 18th, 2010- For Newborns, Mum Really is the Word: Study

Newborn babies respond differently when their mother is talking, activating a part of the brain that controls language learning, according to a study by researchers at Université de Montréal.
Read about this experiment with Mothers and Newborns:

Medical News Today, Thursday, October 22nd, 2009-
Impact Of Stress On Male Fertility Highlighted By Fetal Study – Exposure to a combination of excess stress hormones and chemicals while in the womb could affect a man’s fertility in later life, a study suggests.

Fox News, Video Clip Oct, 2009:

HealthDay News, Wednesday, July 15, 2009: Fetuses that are only 25-30 weeks old may already possess short-term memory, Dutch researchers report.

Med Page Today, Feburary 4th, 2009: Mother’s Environment Affects Severity Of Learning Disorders

USA Today, January 26th, 2009: Study Suggests Babies Get the Beat at Birth

Med Page Today, October 23rd, 2008: Pre term Birth Risk Is Magnified If Mothers are Depressed

Web MD, October 8, 2008: Music Reduces Pregnancy Stress –
Classical Music, Nature Sounds, Lullabies Reduce Stress, Anxiety, Depression

BBC News – Tuesday, 2 December 2008: Pop tunes ‘used to calm babies’
Rocking a baby to sleep has been given a whole new meaning as mothers ditch traditional lullabies for popular pop and rock tunes.

A QUICK GLANCE at some of the pioneers of sound and prenatal music research:

Alfred Tomatis
For pregnancies, Alfred Tomatis saw no limits to how sound can help us even when we’re still forming in the womb. Since his early ground breaking research, the science behind prenatal development is growing, and many other researchers have contributed to this field. Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a pioneer in sound therapy research conducted throughout the 20th century discovered that prenatal sounds form an important developmental component in prenatal life because of their proven ability to facilitate a neurological foundation for learning and behavior (

Gissele Whitwell
Some more information points to the stages of prenatal development and how the sensory functions begin to form. In her paper, The Importance of Prenatal Sound and Music, Gissele makes a convincing assessment using factual data: The ear first appears in the 3rd week of gestation and it becomes functional by the 16th week. The fetus begins listening by the 24th week. The cochlear structures of the ear appear to function by the 20th week and mature synapses have been found between the 24th and 28th weeks. See the data and more in Gissele Whitwell’s paper, The Importance of Prenatal Sound and Music (Articles references at

Gabriel F. Federico
In his article Music Aids Development in the Whomb, Gabriel F. Frederico describes how auditory inputs to the whomb are an integral part of the growing sensory environment throughout the prenatal stages.

Gabriel says,

“We have to think that the intrauterine environment of the fetus is deeply affecting personality development. It is known that at the moment of birth the newborn baby has nearly all the neurons needed for life.”

Read the article references at:

Read More About Prenatal Music | More News at the Moms – To- Be Blog
Mother’s Role in Prenatal Learning Development during Pregnancy


Leave a Reply