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More and more mums are using Babypod during their ultrasound scans. Find out about their experiences and opinions here.

What do mums think of Babypod?


Raquel del Rosario

I didn’t know there was such a “direct” way to play music to the baby. It is an intravaginal silicone speaker developed after several studies in pregnant women, where they found very emotional reactions from their babies when they started to listen to the music. No, it wasn’t all made up!

Raquel del Rosario

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Babypod is something totally new. The fact that music can help them, can motivate them and can brighten up their lives a bit… that’s great!


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Babypod makes you experience unique moments. I use it regularly and I notice how the baby moves and the music he likes. When I worry if he doesn't move for a long time it helps me to notice it. We have also used it during the ultrasound and you could see how he was reacting. I recommend it to all pregnant women.
The ultrasound with Babypod has been a very good experience. The baby responded very well to the music, opening his mouth and moving his hands. It was a great bonding moment.
It's a very good and recommendable experience, and an exciting one too! At our last ultrasound with Babypod the baby hardly moved, but opened his mouth three or four times in a very visible way - impressive!
How exciting and beautiful. For me it was the first moment of bonding with the baby. When I put the music on, it seemed like he was dancing, moving his arms, legs and head a lot. It was marvellous.
Having an ultrasound with Babypod has been very exciting and positive. I had no discomfort at all and it was impressive to see that the baby reacts to stimuli. I am looking forward to trying it again.
It has been a beautiful and emotional experience, unique. It's nice to see your baby every time you have an ultrasound, even nicer if it's a 4D, but to see him react so tiny to the stimuli of the music is amazing!
It is very exciting to see how the baby moves with the musical stimulation. It has been a very special moment with my baby and I am looking forward to following his development with the help of Babypod.
My impression has been very positive. It is amazing to see how the baby moves and I know that the musical stimulation is beneficial for his development. Quite an experience.
I found it a very funny and exciting moment. I was also able to see my little girl's face, how she was gesticulating and smiling with the music. I am delighted.
It is very emotional and impressive to see how he reacts to the music, especially since he is still inside my belly! It has been a very good experience because of the atmosphere of the moment and to be able to see the baby moving to the rhythm of the music.
Babypod makes you live very curious, relaxing and different moments with the baby. It is a very exciting experience and for me it has been a bonding experience with the baby. It also gives me more peace of mind and confidence that everything is going well.
Although the baby had his arm in front of his face, we were able to see his features and see that he was moving his mouth and tongue, among other movements, he reacted perfectly to the musical stimulus. We believe it has been a positive experience for the baby and for us, the parents.

“We have managed to get babies to start communicating before they are born. From sixteen weeks, they are already able to respond to musical stimuli”.

Dr. Marisa López Teijón

Director of Institut Marquès

Assisted Reproduction Doctor of the Year 2019, selected among the ten most influential women in health and medicine.

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    From when can the foetus hear?

    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.

    What is heard in the womb?

    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.

    Is it possible for babies to perceive sounds as we do?

    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.

    How do foetuses respond to vaginally delivered music?

    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.

    How do foetuses respond to music emitted from the abdomen?

    A set of headphones which 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 womanís abdomen.

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

    Why is the response of the foetus different every time it listens to music?

    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.