By Erin Jobes
The sound of a mother’s voice can mean a world of difference in the growth and neural development of premature babies. That is why Samsung released an app called “Voices of Life” which allows mothers to record their voice and heartbeat, neutralizes the high frequencies, and plays it for preemies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU.)
This new technology makes the recording sound as if the baby were still in the womb, hearing the sound of their mom’s voice. By bringing in such a comforting sound to these babies, the stress of the NICU is reduced and can greatly improve the future development of the babies.
Recent studies have shown that sound can be heard from inside the womb at 16 weeks, and also the preborn can be seen to “sing” along with the music and show different facial expressions depending on the music they listen to. Research has also shown preborn babies can differentiate between languages and prefer their mother’s native tongue.
NICU’s across the United States are beginning to implement new technologies similar to Samsung’s app. Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, is even taking advantage of music therapy in writing songs using the baby’s own heartbeat to calm them down and improve their health.