A recording of the sounds an unborn baby hears in the womb is contributing to the peace and quiet of mothers and fathers in ever increasing numbers.
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Background: A recording of the sounds an unborn baby hears in the womb is contributing to the peace and quiet of mothers and fathers in ever increasing numbers. It is not only in Japan -- where the record was first made -- that this is happening. There are plans to market the record in other countries as well.
The record is called "Sleep Gently in the Womb". It was made by placing a tiny microphone in the womb of an expectant mother to record the sounds made by the blood flowing through veins and arteries.
The Japanese claim the sounds stop babies crying in 84 per cent of cases up to the age of four weeks.
Some researchers in Britain, where the recording will be put on the market within a few weeks, said that though the sounds babies crying while the record was playing, the crying started again when the recording stopped.