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Appreciating the Ig Nobel Prize-winning momma-to-baby vaginal music communicator

The inventors of Babypod, the insert-into-your-vagina device that helps a pregnant woman play music for her developing fetus, produced this video ad:

The 2017 Ig Nobel Prize for Obstetrics was awarded to those physician/inventors—Marisa López-TeijónÁlex García-Faura, Alberto Prats-Galino, and Luis Pallarés Aniorte—for showing that a developing human fetus responds more strongly to music that is played electromechanically inside the mother’s vagina than to music that is played electromechanically on the mother’s belly.

Here’s video of the team at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, and the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT:

They describe their research in the study: “Fetal Facial Expression in Response to Intravaginal Music Emission,” Marisa López-Teijón, Álex García-Faura, and Alberto Prats-Galino, Ultrasound, November 2015, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 216–223.

Their product, called “Babypod,” is covered by the patent “Fetal Acoustic Stimulation Device,” patent ES2546919B1, granted September 29, 2015 to Luis y Pallarés Aniorte and Maria Luisa López-Teijón Pérez.

Babypod has enjoyed a fair amount of attention. These two videos celebrate some of that:

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