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 Message 1 of 7 in Discussion 
From: Kristin  (Original Message)Sent: 12/18/2007 11:05 PM
Ok.. I have been looking ALL over, books, Internet, everywhere. When can the baby first hear you?? I see that it's little ears have developed around now (10 weeks) but does that mean it can hear me too?? I know its a random question. Any info would be appreciated!

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 Message 2 of 7 in Discussion 
From: noveliseSent: 12/18/2007 11:29 PM
you know, i was just recently looking into this, as well, and i was having a hard time finding out. i think that they think it is around 16 weeks, from what i could conclude, but it could be earlier or a little later. i just surmised around 16 weeks or saw it in passing on a website. (and that is about what i am now- 16 weeks)

 Message 3 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameAvidlySent: 12/19/2007 10:42 PM
I have no idea... I'll have to ask Josie when she heard me. No wait, listening was never her strong suit. LOL

 Message 4 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nickname-jujub-Sent: 12/20/2007 12:15 AM

Although a concentric series of barriers buffer the fetus from the outside world--amniotic fluid, embryonic membranes, uterus, and the maternal abdomen--the fetus lives in a stimulating matrix of sound, vibration, and motion. Many studies now confirm that voices reach the womb, rather than being overwhelmed by the background noise created by the mother and placenta. Intonation patterns of pitch, stress, and rhythm, as well as music, reach the fetus without significant distortion. A mother's voice is particularly powerful because it is transmitted to the womb through her own body reaching the fetus in a stronger form than outside sounds. For a comprehensive review of fetal audition, see Busnel, Granier-Deferre, and Lecanuet 1992.

Sounds have a surprising impact upon the fetal heart rate: a five second stimulus can cause changes in heart rate and movement which last up to an hour. Some musical sounds can cause changes in metabolism. "Brahm's Lullabye," for example, played six times a day for five minutes in a premature baby nursery produced faster weight gain than voice sounds played on the same schedule (Chapman, 1975).

Researchers in Belfast have demonstrated that reactive listening begins at 16 weeks g.a., two months sooner than other types of measurements indicated. Working with 400 fetuses, researchers in Belfast beamed a pure pulse sound at 250-500 Hz and found behavioral responses at 16 weeks g.a.--clearly seen via ultrasound (Shahidullah and Hepper, 1992). This is especially significant because reactive listening begins eight weeks before the ear is structurally complete at about 24 weeks.

These findings indicate the complexity of hearing, lending support to the idea that receptive hearing begins with the skin and skeletal framework, skin being a multireceptor organ integrating input from vibrations, thermo receptors, and pain receptors. This primal listening system is then amplified with vestibular and cochlear information as it becomes available. With responsive listening proven at 16 weeks, hearing is clearly a major information channel operating for about 24 weeks before birth.


Talk, sing and read to your baby. You may find in a few more weeks that (s)he responds differently to mom's voice and dad's voice. (S)he will recognize your voices at birth, and turn toward you in preference to a stranger.

(It's what I do for a living)

 Message 5 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameAvidlySent: 12/20/2007 7:15 PM
Its amazinghow they can recognize voices. Josie would kick like crazy when she heard her daddy's voice, and she's still a daddy's girl.

And when Dylan was first born, he was screaming and screaming until the second they handed him to me and I spoke to him, he calmed instantly and looked right up at me.

 Message 6 of 7 in Discussion 
From: KristinSent: 12/21/2007 6:50 PM
Thanks Jujub!!
Hehe that's funny about Josie and Dylan. Aww.

 Message 7 of 7 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknamemisszellSent: 1/9/2008 3:52 AM
awww avidly....that's so beautiful....

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