Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lullabies may soothe stresses of pregnancy

A very unusual, but interesting, study is reportedly being carried out at the University of Limerick according to a recent Irish Times report.
The study involves exploring the benefits of a mother singing lullabies to her unborn baby during her pregnancy. It seems that the team carrying out the research believes that many women suffer from stress and worries for lots of reasons during pregnancy. ‘Medical treatment is not always suitable’, the team says, ‘because of concerns that taking medication may harm the baby. For that reason, doctors and midwives are interested in finding other ways to reduce pregnancy stress, such as singing.’

Here is something that might perhaps catch the interest of the research team in the course of their study - it brings to mind a small, illustrated book, entitled Angel in the Waters, by Regina Doman published some years ago, the Sophia Press (U.S.A.) and reported on recently by John Smeaton in his BLOG.
It is the story of an unborn baby speaking to her mother, and it is described as follows: In its mother’s womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there. These gentle illustrations and wise words tell the story of that baby and the angel in the waters… a story that’s sure to delight all young children because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too.

Now, a song, ‘A Seed of Life’, accompanied by the images from the Angel in the Waters book, has been issued on YouTube, and it is well worth looking at, and listening to it. It can be accessed by Googling: ‘A Seed of Life – pro life video on YouTube’, and you will find ‘A song about the wish of an unborn child to experience the love of a mother.’ Enjoy!

The book itself can be ordered from the Sophia Press at this address: Sophia Institute Press, Box 5284, Manchester, N.H. 03108, U.S.A.