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Listening to Motherís Heartbeat Beneficial for Premature Babies

by Kathy Jones on  March 10, 2012 at 9:19 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
Listening to a recording of a mother's voice and heartbeat reduces the number of cardio-respiratory events among premature babies, a new study published in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine reveals.
 Listening to Motherís Heartbeat Beneficial for Premature Babies
Listening to Motherís Heartbeat Beneficial for Premature Babies
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Researchers from Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston conducted the experiment on 14 premature babies born between 26 and 32 weeks of gestation.

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The babies were made to listen to a recording of his or her mother's voice and heartbeat for four times a day throughout their stay in the intensive care unit.

The researchers found that the babies were less likely to experience a cardio-respiratory event when listening to this recording compared to when hearing normal hospital sounds. "Our findings show that there may be a window of opportunity to improve the physiological health of these babies born prematurely using non-pharmacological treatments, such as auditory stimulation", lead researcher Amir Lahav said.



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