Back in November, I presented at the Life With a Baby Preterm Symposium 2018, about using music in the NICU, and to support child development (especially brain development). Over the next few weeks, I am going to share some of the information that I compiled for this presentation. All journals referenced are peer-reviewed. This is only a sample of the research available. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Fetal and Neonatal DevelopmentNewborns preferred their mother’s voice to the voices of women who were strangers De Casper, A., and Fifer, W. (1980). Of human bonding: newborns prefer their mothers’ voices. Science,208, 1174–1176. Preterm fetus (26-34 weeks gestation) is capable of responding to speech stimuli Fifer, W., and Moon, C. (1994). The role of mother’s voice in the organization of brain function in the newborn. Acta Paediatrica,397, 86–93. Fetuses respond to auditory stimuli as early as 19 weeks gestation with almost all responding by 27 weeks gestation Hepper, P., and Shahidullah, B. (1994). Development of fetal hearing. Archives of Disease in Childhood,71, F81–F87. Newborns prefer their mother’s voice, and auditory learning begins in the third trimester. Their cries are influenced by the language prosody they hear in the womb. Newborns already have an adult-like pitch perception Mampe, B., Friederici, A., Christophe, A., and Wermke, K. (2009). Newborns’ cry melody is shaped by their native language. Current Biology, 19, 1994–1997.