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Your cousin is five months pregnant and recently read a news article that described how the sound of voices and music influence prenatal brain development. She is considering buying a "fetal stimulation gown," which contains tiny speakers and a microphone that amplifies the sound of the mother's voice for her fetus. Would you recommend that she buy this item? Why or why not? If not, what would you recommend that she do instead? Use evidence from research on fetal brain development to support your answer.
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Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective


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Suggested Responses: Students should explain that a "fetal stimulation gown" is probably not going to make any substantive difference in the fetus' brain development, and that sounds that are too loud may even inhibit growth or harm the fetus. Students should suggest that if the cousin wants to promote healthy brain development, she can simply play music around the home and speak to her baby without the assistance of a device. Students should describe research that demonstrates that fetal brains are very responsive to sounds and music, and explain that regions of the brain that process language and music are already active prenatally. They should explain that exposure to a variety of music and sounds in a more natural context may have a significant positive impact on fetal development.
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