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Can a fetus hear and recognize its mother's voice?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
While fetuses hear much the way we hear a next-door stereo (lots of bass, not a lot of high frequencies), they are able to hear voices filtered through tissues, bones, and fluid. By week 24, they recognize - and are calmed by - the voice of their mothers. They, of course, can't distinguish words from one another; rather, the rhythm and melody of voices they hear serve as their foundation for language.
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