AN INTRAVAGINAL device from Babypod allows women to play music for their unborn babies.
Several studies have claimed that playing music for your baby in utero can benefit their development from the early stages of pregnancy.
Many believe that playing classical music in particular can boost your baby’s intelligence levels and help with memory retention – this theory is known as the Mozart effect.
Capitalizing on these claims, a Spanish company called Babypod has developed a tampon-like speaker that women can insert into their vaginas during pregnancy.
Babypod says music can be used to stimulate a baby’s speech skills before birth. In an internal study, they found that “87% of babies respond to music delivered through the vagina with body and head movements.”
“In addition, they open and close their mouths, stick out their tongues and gesticulate. This is a discovery never seen before,” the company writes on its website.
Babypod says its device can be used from 16 weeks of pregnancy, is FDA approved, and is hypoallergenic.
The device is inserted inside the vagina with the audio cord side down and exiting the vagina.
Then the pregnant person attaches the cord to a smartphone to listen to music.
There is also a second audio port allowing the pregnant person to connect headphones if they wish to listen.
After the music session is over, the pregnant person gently removes the device from their vagina in a manner similar to removing a tampon.
The company notes on its website that it is not a medical device, therefore, a person can insert it on their own without the help of a doctor.
Some gynecologists have expressed concern about such devices in the past and have stressed that women should not insert anything into their vagina during pregnancy without first consulting a doctor.
“We don’t know if there’s a sound or decibel level that’s too high for a fetus. Maybe there’s a reason why our bodies aren’t equipped with vaginal speakers,” he told Insider Dr. Donnica Moore, gynecologist.
However, the company said in an email to Insider that “the intensity of the sound emitted by Babypod is similar to a low voice conversation and has a control system so that it does not exceed this level, which which cannot damage the fetal ear”. .”
As it stands, there is a divergence in the scientific community as to whether music affects prenatal development.
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