Skip to comments.The Smiling Unborn Child (Music in Utero)
Posted on 07/13/2009 5:35:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
In 1984, a video called The Silent Scream helped change the way people think about the unborn child. The footage of an actual abortion and the fetuss reaction reminded us that abortion involves the death of a real person.
A recent bit of footage has similar potential, only it couldnt be more different from The Silent Scream.
The footage was part of a recent PBS special, The Music Instinct: Science & Song. The program was an exploration of, among other things, musics biological, emotional and psychological impact on humans.
Part of this exploration included how music affects babies. If we are, as some scientists believe, wired for music, then babies are ideal test subjects since their reactions are, by definition, instinctual.
Part of this research involved the effect of music on fetuses. While we knew that mothers often sing to their unborn children, we werent sure that the unborn child could hear them.
We are now. A segment of The Music Instinct featured Sheila C. Woodward of the University of Southern California, who has studied fetal responses to music. A camera and a microphone designed for underwater use were inserted into the uterus of a pregnant woman. And then Woodward sang.
The hydrophone picked up two sounds: the whooshing of the uterine artery and the unmistakable sound of a woman singing a lullaby.
Then something extraordinary happened. Upon hearing the womans voice, the unborn child smiled.
It was one of those moments that makes you catch your breath. The full humanity of the fetus could not have been clearer if he had turned to the camera and winked.
Apparently, fetal responses to music arent limited to smiling. They have been observed moving their hands in response to music, almost as if conducting. They have been soothed by Vivaldi and disturbed by loud tracks from Beethoven. They have even responded rhythmically to rhythms tapped on [their] mothers belly.
Perhaps understandably, the connection between fetal responses to music and abortion werent mentioned in the show. What is not so understandable is that the programs website contains no mention of Woodward and her findings. Its as if someone realized the implications and hoped nobody would notice.
I dont think that theres some kind of conspiracy afoot. I just think that the PBS peoples worldview wont allow them to make the obvious connection. Abortion on demand is only possible if people minimize the similarities between the fetus and us.
That kind of denial is hard work because what we have learned in the past 25 years makes any denial of the fetus humanity absurd. So instead of looking at the evidence, many people dont see it. Call it worldview-induced blindness.
In other words, they have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear.
Humans, we are told, are a musical species whose brain devotes more to the appreciation of music than even the processing of language. That makes someone who smiles and moves his hands in response to music undeniably human, whether we notice it or not.
Wish I could see the footage of the fetus smiling.
Where does it exist?
I had a prolife psychology teacher. She had mentioned this before. Music can have a great effect on developing children in the womb.
The Silent Scream
Not to throw cold water, but babies don’t smile about anything until they are 8-12 weeks old. They might make a smile like face when they have gas. As sweet as it is to imagine, I don’t think a baby is more apt to smile because it is pleased before birth than in the two months after birth.
I could be wrong. It happens.
Smiling 27-Week Fetus — Eyes produce tears
Baby’s First Smile
So, is your point that if you were to take a fetus and slowly start crushing its feet, then removing its legs, then its arms, and then crush its body before finally crushing its head, it would feel no pain?
Paloma, that is NOT what TN said or implied......
I am not trying to agumentive,but i came to the thread to see a smiling fetus..
Maybe a link with a warning,would be nice?
If there's a video clip of this segment, they've hidden it well. I see several references to fetus' being able to hear, but no reference to the smile...
(Forgot the HTML tag to get a live link. Sorry!)
Warnings are always appreciated!
Also consider this possibility - according to this documentary, they have been seen moving to music as well, which they would not be able to do after birth for a number of months. It's possible that in their watery environment it's easier to move and respond and they have to adapt to the air after birth.
Just some thoughts....
Yeah please, link and a warning buddy. That kind of stuff is very hard to look at. I can’t stand to see kids hurt.
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