Monday, March 15, 2010

Unborn babies respond to mother’s mood

An article at Life Site News covers a study of fetal activity while mothers watch different, emotion-invoking movies to see how the mother’s mood affects the baby’s activity. The study found, among other things, that the baby “quiet and still if the film is sad and very lively if the film is happy”.

You may say “well, maybe the baby just heard the movie and reacted to that” but the researchers thought of that. The mothers wore headphones to make sure the unborn child couldn’t hear anything; the only change in the baby’s environment was the emotional state of his/her mother.

The study’s main aim was to look at how stress levels in the mother affect birth weight and health. That’s neat and necessary but, to me, it just goes to show another way the mother/child link is formed long before birth.

Check out the article, and a link to the study, at Life Site News.

No comments: