Music for Your Fetus—Now Streaming Straight from Your Vag
Yes, you read that right.
My daughter and I were driving in the car yesterday when we heard about the BabyPod on the radio.
What's a BabyPod?
Oh, you know, just a small speaker system that mom-to-be can insert into her vagina to play music for her fetus.
If your reaction was just "Ewwww!" don't feel bad. That was exactly the response my kid and I had aftering hearing the description.
BabyPod was created by a company based in Spain, and for just a little over $150 dollars you get a small pink (natch) device that promises to "stimulate the vocalization of babies before birth." (Whatever that means.)
A quick look at the BabyPod website reveals the tagline: "The difference between music via the vagina and via the abdomen. The only way the music can really reach the baby is vaginally."
Personally, I would have gone with something along the lines of "Sex, Pod and Rock & Roll."
It's good, right?
Anyway, here's the deal: Basically, you just insert this thing into your vagina, then use an app to select from a bunch of playlists designed especially for the little bun you've got cooking in your oven.
Cue all the "my vagina's playlist is better than your vagina's playlist" battles.
Seriously though, how is this even a thing? I mean, on the one hand, turning my vagina into a soundsystem might be kind of cool. But on the other....who wants to walk around with a speaker all up in your business? Can't we just crank up some tunes and hold the speakers up to our baby bumps like we did back in the good old days?
NBC medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar seems to think so. "I can't imagine that an obstetrician would be OK with this, number one—and number two, the science behind it sounds a bit loosey-goosey to me," she told Today Parents, adding that inserting a BabyPod into the vagina during pregnancy seems—at the very least—unnecessary, since there's always a risk to introducing something foreign in that region.
"Doctors limit the amount of manual exams they give pregnant women even," Dr. Azar said. "We all know the vagina has its own way of keeping clean and everything, but this seems like unnecessary risk."
Agreed. But this would make a pretty awesome Saturday Night Live skit, dontcha think?
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