Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The power of the womb

I was sitting in church Sunday, listening to the reverend talk about how she had learned of a woman in San Mateo who was teaching pregnant women how to play the piano. 

The learning of this new skill was for much more than to pick up a new talent; the theory behind her classes was that her students would then deliver babies who would begin life with an affinity to music. 

The idea that fetuses can hear and learn certain sounds has proven to be true. Nursery rhymes, certain vowel sounds and most importantly, a mother’s voice, do indeed influence a baby once it is born. 

And if nurtured properly, the can produce young, bright children who have the capability of leading healthy, successful and happy lives. 

In August, a new study was published in he “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” showing that “a fetus can detect and remember discrete words.” 

“The fetal learning capabilities are much more specific than we thought,” said study co-author Eino Partanen, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Helsinki. “Once we learn a sound, if it’s repeated to us often enough, we form a memory of it, which is activated when we hear the sound again.”

Hmmm … this got me thinking … maybe one way to deal with youth truancy, incarceration and recidivism is to create what I’m going to call “Womb Cultivation.”

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