Mother's voice may help her premature baby breathe easier


March 9, 2012 2:49:10 PM PST
A new study finds premature babies are less likely to stop breathing or have their heart rate slow dangerously when listening to recordings of their mother's heartbeat and voice.

The recordings were played into the infants incubators through a specialized audio system. The infants were far less likely to experience cardio respiratory events when they heard these maternal recordings.

The study appears in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.