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Episode 1: When can a baby hear in the womb?

When can a baby hear?


Talking to your bump encourages you to bond with your baby in pregnancy, but when should you start? Why is it important? And what exactly can your baby hear? We asked our panel of experts, including a neuroscientist and a speech therapist, as well as mums and mums-to-be, for their thoughts about building this early mother–child relationship and creating an ‘auditory home’.


Meet our expert panel

  • poorna-bell

    Poorna Bell

    Our moderator is an award-winning journalist and editor, specialising in women’s journalism, health, fitness and travel

  • Expert Katie round bio

    Katie Ellison

    Mum of three and the author of multi-award-winning lifestyle blog Mummy Daddy Me

  • bex-gower

    Bex Gower

    Expecting her fourth child at the time of filming, Bex writes the award-winning blog The Mummy Adventure

  • eino-partanen

    Eino Partanen

    A cognitive neuroscientist specialising in foetal and infant speech perception and auditory capabilities

  • nicola-lathey

    Nicola Lathey

    Renowned speech and language therapist, and co-author of child speech development guide, Small Talk

  • amy-treasure

    Amy Treasure

    Mum to two teenagers and a toddler, Amy writes family and lifestyle blog Amy Treasure

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Episode 1: When can a baby hear in the womb?

Our panel of mums and experts, moderated by award-winning journalist Poorna Bell, share personal stories and discuss the science behind the development of hearing in the womb and its longer-term impact on communication and bonding.

Last reviewed: 2nd September 2016

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