Sonic youth: vaginal speaker lets you play tunes to foetuses

Babypod, a speaker inserted into the vagina, launches with first concert for foetuses as 2009 Eurovision song contest contender sings to pregnant women

Does anybody else remember when a Donny Osmond poster was found up a womans vagina? Because I do. Ive never forgotten it, and I never will.

Now, theres another means of smuggling Osmond into ones insides a vaginal speaker. Spanish company Babypod has invented a speaker that is designed to be inserted into the vagina, stimulating foetal development.

Babies learn to speak in response to sound stimuli, especially melodic sound. Babypod is a device that stimulates before birth through music. With Babypod, babies learn to vocalise from the womb, reads the blurb on the companys website.

There has been plenty of research on the effect of sound on foetuses, and evidence suggests that unborn babies do respond to music in the womb. There are already multiple speakers available on the market (prenatal speakers) which are fitted around a pregnant womans stomach.

Babypod, however, cites research from a gynaecological clinic, the Institut Marqus, that babies hearing external noise clearly is solely possible via the vagina, because the abdominal wall muffles sounds.


The incredible PR photo from Babypod. Photograph: Babypod

The pale pink device, which costs 150 euros (110), is controlled by a phone app but does not use Bluetooth. Parents-to-be can share their babies listening experience using split headphones which hang out of the vagina.

The Babypod, which has a top sound level of 54 decibels, is recommended for use from the 16th week of pregnancy, and for between 10-20 minutes a time or around half the length of the average Joanna Newsom song.

Babypod was launched at the first concert for foetuses ever held in the world in which Soraya Arnelas, who finished 23rd in the 2009 Eurovision song contest, serenaded 10 pregnant women fitted with the speakers, singing Christmas carols.

Babypod reassures customers that the vibrations of the device do not adversely affect a foetus this is why sex toys are allowed in pregnancy.

One cant help but think of the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode in which a woman is discovered smuggling a mobile phone in her vagina when Larry David calls it and hears it ring.

One can also imagine alternative uses for the Babypod speakers. Adeles line hello from the other side from her huge hit, Hello, would surely come into its own echoing from the vagina during a particular sex act.

Testimonials from users on Babypods websites praise the fact that ultrasound scans showed their babies singing along or mouthing a response to music from the speakers. Which means that, should a sadistic mother-to-be ever choose to play Osmonds Puppy Love, a foetus should be able to object accordingly.

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