By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

An innovative research study is under way at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to test whether the sounds of a mother's heartbeat and voice can help premature infants better grow and thrive while they remain in hospital care.  The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, involved a professional recording studio at the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to allow neuroscientist Amir Lahav--who himself became the parent of premature twins five years ago--to measure whether the soothing sounds of their mothers can help premature babies develop.

Image: Recording studio, via Shutterstock.

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