Babies “Serenaded” in the Womb Have More Developed Language Centers

Babies played recordings of their mother’s voice while they were in the womb were born with a more developed auditory cortex – the brain’s language-processing center. What’s more fun than the latest example of how much the unborn child can learn? The latest news is courtesy of Ben Spencer, science reporter for The Daily Mail newspaper, based on an ingenious study by researchers at Harvard. It’s long been known, as Spencer put it, that “The sound of a mother’s voice is one of the first sensory experiences a tiny baby has as they develop in the womb” and that babies “are able to recognize certain elements of language from the moment of their birth.” What the new research (published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”) demonstrates is that the auditory cortex – the brain’s language center—is more developed in babies “serenaded” in the womb. How this was shown is truly clever. Study leader Dr. Amir Lahav and colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital carried their tests out on babies who were born extremely prematurely—between 25 and 32 weeks—who would ordinarily still be in the womb. They divided the 40 infants into two groups. Spencer reports One group was played three hours of audio recordings of their mother’s voice and heartbeat every day for a month – at which time they would still have been in the womb during a normal birth. The infants in the second group only heard routine background hospital noise. What did they find, scanning the brains of each baby after 30 days? In layman’s terms that the babies who listened to...

Your Baby’s Development Month by Month

Your Baby’s Development Month by Month Editor’s note. This marvelous research appears on the webpage of Wisconsin Right to Life at www.wrtl.org/fetaldevelopment/monthbymonth.aspx Watch the video below to see the beginnings of life in the womb and the step-by-step process of fetal development. You can share this video with your group or in your classroom by ordering the DVD (http://www.nrlc.org/InfinitePossibilities.html). To see this video online — http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/10/your-babys-development-month-by-month/ An Amazing Journey! LIFE! At the miraculous moment of fertilization – when the egg of a woman and the sperm of a man unite, a new human life begins. From this moment on, it will take approximately nine months for the baby to develop and be ready to be born. Babies come into this world one of three ways – early (premature), on time (born at the expected time), or late (after the expected due date). All babies, regardless of when they arrive, must go through the same developmental stages – usually a nine-month cycle. Let’s examine what happens before birth. For the sake of clarity, please note that fertilization is placed at the beginning of Week 1. If you had intercourse multiple times since the end of your last menstrual period, it may be difficult to determine exactly the date of the baby’s conception and stage of fetal development. Month One Fertilization – the joining of the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg – this is when life begins. Fertilization can occur within minutes of intercourse or within two to three days afterwards. When fertilization occurs a new, unique human individual begins the journey of development. At the earliest stage, the new...

What Embryology and Science textbooks say about the Beginning of Human Beings

"Just the Facts, Ma'am": It's too bad Sergeant Friday isn't around to help us with the embryonic stem cell debate. by Clark Forsythe, AUL Much of the public promotion for human embryonic research rests on the assumption that the human embryo is not a human being. As a May 2004 letter to USA Today put it (inaccurately), "a gamete about the size of a period at the end of a sentence" is not a human being. [True, a gamete (sex cell, egg or sperm) is not a human being. But the target of embryo research is not gametes; it's embryos.] Here's a reveiw of what contemporary embryology and biology texts say about the beginning of human beings. William Larsen in his 1993 text, Human Embryology, states: "the nuclei of the male and female gametes unite, resulting in the formation of a zygote containing a single diploid [having the full complement of chromosomes] nucleus. Embryonic development is considered to begin at this point." Larsen also states that " the moment of zygote formation may be taken as the beginning or zero time point of embryonic development." Bruce Carlson in his 1994 text, Human Embryology and Developmental Biology, states that "through the mingling of maternal and paternal chromosomes, the zygote is a genetically unique product of chromosomal reassortment." Carlson states that when "the maternal and paternal chromosomes…become organized around the mitotic spindle in preparation for an ordinary mitotic division…the process of fertilization can be said to be complete and the fertilized egg is called a zygote." The one-celled human zygote is properly called an embryo. What is the nature of this...

Human Development in utero

For more photos and information about development, visit http://www.secondlookproject.org/tslp_fetal.html   Fertilization: The sperm joins with the ovum (egg) to form one cell — the zygote. This one cell contains the complex genetic blueprint for every detail   of human development: the child’s sex, hair and eye color, height, skin tone, etc. First Month   This first cell, the zygote, divides within about 10 hours and then cell division continues in an orderly fashion every few hours as the small group of cells travels down the Fallopian tube to the uterus, where the uterine lining has been prepared for implantation. There are over 100 cells already present when this tiny human embryo (blastocyst) reaches the uterus 7-10 days after fertilization. Upon implantation, complex connections between the mother and the embryo develop to form the placenta.   Benchmark Dates: Day 18 – blood vessels and the heart begin to form Day 20 – foundations of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system are already established Day 25– the heart begins to pulsate and will continue until this person dies; the digestive system and parts of the eyes are forming Day 28 – the backbone and the rest of the skeleton (cartilage now) and muscles are forming; arm and leg buds are present and elongating At one month old, the embryo is 10,000 times larger than the original microscopic fertilized egg, and is developing rapidly. The heart is pumping increased quantities of blood through the circulatory system. The placenta forms a unique barrier that keeps the mother’s blood separate while allowing food and oxygen to pass to the developing human embryo. The word "embryo"...

Ultrasound Scans Uncover Secrets of the Womb (update)

Your Developing Baby: Video Clips http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/4.htm  (12 weeks) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/7.htm  (various ages) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/sampleChapters/10.htm  (twins) http://www.yourdevelopingbaby.com/index.htm    Hi-tech scans have been used to show unborn babies "walking" in the womb for the first time. < http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/health/3846525.stm >   4D ULTRASOUND PICTURES OF UNBORN BABIES...