For many years now, prenatal learning has been used by the Japanese. Re-
searchers have found that fetuses begin reacting to sound stimuli at about 26 weeks.
As a fetus in the womb, there is no way that a child can become distracted. Therefore
an external stimulus is met by a captive audience. Since brain growth is continual
throughout fetal development, some of the senses are quite active. For instance, it
has been found that fetuses turn towards pleasant music and comfortable sounds, but
away from discordant noise like rock music. In fact, noise pollution drastically
impairs fetal brain development.
Studies of prenatal development by University of North Carolina psychologist
Anthony DeCasper have shown that newborn babies can detect the difference
between their mothers' voices and those of other women, and that they prefer female
voices to male voices. There was also evidence to indicate that newborn babies
showed a preference for Dr. Seuss stories read to them before birth over new Dr.
Seuss stories only read to them after birth. In another study, a researcher chose 20
random Greek words for pregnant mothers to read to their unborn infants. After
birth, these same 20 Greek words proved easier to learn later in childhood over 20
other randomly chosen Greek words.
In Hayward, California, Dr. Rene van de Carr has a prenatal university that
teaches parents to get to know their infants before birth. Beginning with the fifth
month, a basic method or word association is progressively established through a
series of games. The "kick game" involves saying, "Kick mommy," to the fetus
when kicking is initiated. Later the spoken words - pat, rub, squeeze, tap, shake and
stroke are associated with the appropriate tactile stimulus on the mother's tummy.
The on and off switching of a flashlight on the lower part of the mother's abdomen is
done while stating the words "light" and "dark."
Perhaps the best example of prenatal learning has been with the development of
the 4 Susedik girls (Susan, Stacey, Stephanie & Johanna). Their parents, Joe and
Jitsuko Susedik, routinely talked to each of their fetal babies, read the alphabet,
practiced phonics and discussed social studies as if they were really present in the
flesh. As a result, they gave their children a head start before birth, and all four
developed into actual geniuses later.
As an exercise for your prenatal baby, you can begin by reading simple academics
at your 5th month of pregnancy. Use deep, inner imagery about what you read
aloud, because your baby has good telepathic abilities with you as a mother. During
the day, vividly describe things that you do and the reasons behind them -- from
brushing your teeth to cooking and eating your food. To assist this process,
visualize all your sensory experiences as they happen, and transmit the focus of
your impressions toward your baby's head as the point of reception.
Since your own fears and anxieties can also be passed along to your fetal baby,
minimize these and keep your emotions stable. A mother's negative emotional state
can constrict the blood flow to the placenta and can produce oxygen deprivation in the
womb. Besides suffering brain damage, a "suffocation syndrome" can occur which
has the unusual effect in later life of feelings of panic, depression, fatigue and
possible drug dependency. A love vibration is essential to good developmental
growth. Healthy, physical exercise and a wholesome diet are recommended for you
as the pregnant mother -- free of alcohol, nicotine, narcotics and white sugar intake.
Choose positive, expressive and knowledgeable people associations, because
remember, your baby is listening too. After delivery of the baby, love and an
educational environment should be available as well.