I have absolutely no intentions of housing a child inside of my womb any time soon (sorry, ma!), but for those of you who have a special pregnant woman in your life, there’s a new gadget on the market that’s sure to get her, but most importantly her little bundle of joy, bouncin’ around in no time.
Marrying the worlds of music and motherhood is Babypod, a small speaker that goes inside a woman’s vagina. Technology’s diving deep these days, folks.
Babypod, due to its placement, claims to deliver an unparalleled crispness in sound to babies in the womb. “The uterus is a place protected from the exterior, and it is the mother’s body that carries out this protecting role through multiple layers of soft tissue,” the device’s official website explains. “These attenuate the intensity of sound and distort it in its journey to the uterus; it’s similar to what happens when you hear a conversation in the next-door room without catching everything that is said.” (Babypod’s words, not mine.)
“By placing a speaker inside the vagina, we overcome the barrier formed by the abdominal wall and the baby can hear sounds with almost as much intensity and clarity as when emitted,” the site continues.
Why bother spinning music for your offspring at all? Well, aside from wanting to hip your kid to the latest Drake or Cary Rae Jepsen record, countless studies over the years have proven that sounds can play a part in a baby’s development.
“Exposure to sounds in the womb is important in terms of just helping the normal connections that have to form in the brain,” Dr. Deborah Campbell, director of neonatology at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, told New York. Research has also shown that babies listen and learn quite a bit during the final stages of pregnancy, and that “their brains do not wait for birth to start absorbing information.”
Below, watch a video of “the first concert for fetuses ever held in the world,” its sounds delivered through the magic of Babypod.