What's It Like in the Womb?
What's it Like in the Womb?
Finding the Edge continued...
"We actually know very little about the developing brain and the
environment it needs to develop well," agrees DiPietro. "No one would
argue that you wouldn't stick a speaker next to a newborn baby when they're
sound asleep and blast music in its ear."
The same goes for the fetus. "We have no idea what it's doing to the
developing brain, and to assume it's a good thing is really foolish. It's much
more likely to be interfering with normative brain development," DiPietro
says. There's even some research showing that fetus will tune out repetitive
DiPietro puts the concept of prenatal stimulation right up there with flash
cards and early reading programs -- that it puts even more pressure on parents
to overstimulate their kids.
"When you start trying to create kind of a super baby before they're
even born, you set up a bad dynamic between parents and children," she
says. "You're expecting a baby to be a certain way. Why not wait until the
baby's born, see who they are, then try to support their particular needs and