There is lots of helpful information to help you to support parents pre-birth. Here are some pieces of advice that you can pass along to parents:
Taking time out as part of your daily routine to think about and bond with your unborn baby is known to release oxytocin, a hormone which can help your baby’s brain to develop.
You can do this by:
- Stroking your bump or gently massaging your bump
- Talking to your baby
- Noticing and responding to movements
- Having a bath
- Trying pregnancy yoga
- Practising hypnobirthing
- Playing music to your baby (please do not place headphones on your bump as it is too loud for baby)
- Writing a letter to your baby and reading it out to your baby
- Using an app to help you understand how your baby is growing and developing, such as the Baby Buddy App.
This helps your baby:
To get to know voices, which will help them feel safe and secure; tune up their hearing and get ready for when they will eventually talk. It will also help them manage their feelings and have safe and healthy relationships in the future.
- Involve your partner/family/other children
Babies hear their mother’s voice most clearly, but other people in the family can talk and sing to them as well – your baby will love to hear from others too.