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Babypod around the world

International recognition

IG Nobel Prize in Medicine 2017

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Babypod has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine at Harvard University and has received international recognition at institutions such as MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Imperial College.

The work on foetal hearing carried out with Babypod has been presented at various international congresses on perinatal medicine and has received wide recognition from the scientific community. The study “Fetal facial expression in response to intravaginal music emission” is one of the most widely read studies in the prestigious journal “Ultrasound” of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS).

Press appearances

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Babypod in Netflix’s new romantic comedy series: VALERIA

Valeria, Netflix (08-05-2020)

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Babypod at The Ellen Show

The Ellen Show (14-05-2018)

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Presentation of Babypod on Belgian national TV

TV Belgium (01-07-2017)

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Summary of the press impact of the fetal stimulation study

(01/07/2016)

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Pilar Rubio presents Babypod in El Hormiguero

Antena 3 (19-01-2016)

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Soraya’s Christmas concert for Babypod®.

TVE (29-12-15)

Press releases

PASSION FOR FOOTBALL BEGINS BEFORE BIRTH

03.09.2019 | More and more women are coming to Institut Marquès to undergo a 4D musical ultrasound with Babypod, the intravaginal loudspeaker for pregnant women.

PASSION FOR FOOTBALL BEGINS BEFORE BIRTH

03.09.2019 | More and more women are coming to Institut Marquès to undergo a 4D musical ultrasound with Babypod, the intravaginal loudspeaker for pregnant women.

LES DERNIÈRES TECHNOLOGIES POUR AMÉLIORER LES RÉSULTATS DE LA PROCRÉATION ASSISTÉE

18.03.2019 | L’Institut Marquès continue à concevoir la technologie la plus avancée et la plus étonnante en matière de médecine de la reproduction pour réaliser le rêve d’avoir un bébé.

THE MYTH OF TALKING TO THE BABY THROUGH THE MOTHER’S BELLY IS NOW HISTORY

17.04.2018 | Institut Marquès has been conducting cutting-edge research for years on the effects of music in early life.

INSTITUT MARQUÈS PRESENTS ITS STUDIES ON MUSIC AND THE BEGINNING OF LIFE AT MIT

14.09.2017 | Institut Marqués has presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) its scientific studies on the influence of music on embryonic and foetal development.

WILL BABIES RECOGNISE THEIR MOTHER’S VOICE AT BIRTH?

25.04.2017 | IM studies reveal that the unborn baby is not able to recognise the mother’s voice, as it hears virtually none of the sound coming from outside.

NEWBORNS DO NOT RECOGNISE THE MOTHER’S VOICE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT HEAR IT DURING PREGNANCY.

26.09.2016 | The foetus only responds to voices that are emitted intravaginally as the abdominal wall muffles the sound coming from outside.

BABIES REACT TO THE MATERNAL VOICE EMITTED INTRAVAGINALLY FROM 16 WEEKS OF GESTATION

15.06.2016 | Fetuses move their mouths in an exaggerated way when they hear a human voice. This happens from the 16th week of gestation and only when this voice reaches them through an intravaginal device.

FOETUSES RESPOND TO THE MOTHER’S VOICE ONLY IF IT COMES TO THEM VAGINALLY

12.05.2016 | A study by Institut Marquès shows that foetuses do not hear outside noise except through an intravaginal device.

BABYPOD MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO TALK TO BABIES BEFORE THEY ARE BORN VIA THEIR MOBILE PHONES.

24.02.2016 | Babypod launches today at the first Wearable Technologies conference, a global platform pioneering innovation and market development in wearable technologies.

SORAYA CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH A LIVE CONCERT FOR FUTURE BABIES

29.12.2015 | The singer Soraya Arnelas offers a concert to a group of pregnant women who have been able to enjoy the performance together with Babypod.

BABYPOD®, THE ONLY DEVICE THAT LETS MUMS AND BABIES SHARE MUSIC AND STIMULATE THEIR DEVELOPMENT.

14.11.2015 | Babypod® is a new technological device created to make it easier for parents-to-be to have their first contact with the baby they are expecting.

INSTITUT MARQUÈS DISCOVERS THE WAY FOR FOETUSES TO ACTUALLY HEAR AND RESPOND TO MUSICAL STIMULI

06.10.2015 | Work shows that a 16-week-old foetus is already able to effectively hear and respond to music, as long as it is emitted from the mother’s vagina.

FAQ'S

We know that the inner ear is fully developed at week 16 of gestation, but until now medical literature could only confirm a functioning auditory system from week 26. This research study shows for the first time that the fetus begins hearing at week 16.

The fetus receives sounds from inside the mother's body, such as her heartbeat, breathing and intestinal activity. It also perceives sounds the mother makes, such as when she is speaking or walking with high heels, in addition to other external sounds.

The fetus is well-protected from noise. The fact that it is living in a soundproof environment means that perceived sounds are distorted, as has been shown in research done on sheep using intrauterine microphones. According to this research, the majority of sounds are perceived as whispers (around 30 decibels), while the motherís voice during normal conversation (60 decibels) is barely discerned at all (24 decibels).

And, as most sounds are repetitive, the fetus becomes accustomed to them and does not react. They do not prevent the fetus from sleeping.

We could say that the sounds heard in utero are like the background rustles heard in a forest.

It is only possible through a single route, the vaginal route.

The vagina is a closed space, so sound is not dispersed into the environment. In addition, there are fewer layers of soft tissue separating the baby from the sound source, only the vaginal and uterine walls. By placing a speaker in the vagina, the barrier of the abdominal wall is removed and the baby can hear the sounds almost as loudly and clearly as they are emitted.

Before the scan, the pregnant patient inserted the intravaginal device designed for the study, which emits an average sound intensity of 54 decibels (equivalent to a conversation in low voices or background music).

87% of fetuses reacted with non-specific head and limb movements, accompanied by specific mouth and tongue movements which stopped when the music stopped. Likewise, with intravaginal music, nearly 50% of fetuses reacted with a striking movement, opening their jaw very wide and sticking out their tongue as far as it would go.

A set of headphones that emitted music with an average intensity of 98.6 decibels (equivalent to an ambulance siren or music in a nightclub) were placed on the pregnant woman's abdomen.

No changes were observed in fetal facial expression during this part of the study.

As we are looking at a response and not simply a reflex, the reaction of the fetus depends on multiple factors, which is why it is different each time. It varies depending on the neuronal activity of the brain stem at that particular moment, which means that the response could depend on the sleep phase the fetus is in or blood sugar levels. For example, when we sing to a baby, the response differs depending on whether the child is hungry, thirsty or sleepy.

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