The Benefits of Music for Embryos

The Irish artist Sharon Corr meets one of the babies developing in the incubators of the Institut Marquès when she performed with Álex Ubago a concert for embryos a year and a half ago. The famous violinist of The Corrs has fulfilled her wish to meet Alison, one of those children.

Those embryos are now healthy babies several months old. Alison’s parents have traveled from Valencia to Madrid so that their daughter could meet Sharon Corr. For the singer it was a unique experience to be able to sing for all those embryos and therefore it was very special to be able to hold little Alison in her arms. The Irishwoman considers that between them there is a bond created through music. “Music during pregnancy

The parents of these babies have not been surprised by the musical attachment shown by their children. Alison’s parents say, “She loves to be sung to, as well as dance and clap her hands. Parents are also surprised to see how their children try to pronounce the words in order to follow the song, something very precocious at this age.

The effects of music vary from baby to baby. It usually has a calming function that is able to put an end to tantrums and tantrums. This can be achieved with Babypod, an intravaginal speaker, which allows babies to continue playing music during gestation.

An indelible memory

Institut Marquès, a world reference center in Gynecology and Assisted Reproduction, hosted in 2018 in its laboratory in Barcelona, the live concert for embryos by Sharon Corr and Alex Ubago. The performance was not only enjoyed by the babies of the Barcelona center but, thanks to streaming technology, it could be followed by Clane (Ireland) and Villa Salaria (Rome).

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Recent studies by Institut Marquès have shown that musical vibrations allow a 5% increase in the fertilization rate of IVF cycles, in addition to improving embryo development. For this reason, loudspeakers were installed to play music in the incubators.

“Music is the most ancestral communicative method of human beings, as it has existed since before speech. To this day, we continue to speak rhythmically to babies because it is the way they understand us best,” explains Dr. Marisa López-Tejon, director of the Institut Marquès.

The concerts given at the center have helped to further demonstrate the benefits of music in embryonic and fetal development. In addition, this research was awarded the IGNobel of Medicine by Harvard University. All this research, development and innovation work allows Institut Marquès to improve its treatments.

About Institut Marquès

Institut Marquès is an international reference center in Gynecology, Assisted Reproduction and Obstetrics with presence in Barcelona, London, Ireland (Dublin and Clane), Italy (Rome and Milan) and Kuwait. It is one of the most awarded centers at international level, in which they are specialists in treating cases of great difficulty and have been able to help people from more than 50 countries to become parents. Institut Marquès offers 91% per cycle in IVF with egg donation, one of the highest pregnancy rates. They are also a leader in innovation, as they develop important research on the effects of music on embryos and newborns, as well as fetal stimulation or the role of the male in assisted reproduction treatments. On the other hand, Institut Marquès is also involved in research on the relationship between chemical toxins and fertility. It also participates in various initiatives in defense of the environment such as the “embryo forest”, whereby they plant a tree for each child they help to be born with their treatments. For all these reasons it is an international center of excellence in Assisted Reproduction, Gynecology and Obstetrics.