This week, Success Won’t Wait was excited to partner with another new organization – the Philadelphia Pregnancy Center. We culled through our collection and discovered 175 lovely baby “board books” just perfect for expectant mothers to read aloud to their babies once born, but also while still in utero.
According to gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Sabiha Anjum, reading to babies in utero is important to their development, “Between week 23 and 27 of pregnancy, a baby starts hearing different sounds. The most significant sound that a baby can hear clearly is his mother’s heartbeat. But, as the weeks pass, he starts responding to muffled sounds outside the womb too. That’s when you can start communicating with him. You can talk to him, share all your feelings and thoughts, sing for him or even read a book. Yes, reading a good book to your baby while he is still in the womb can be beneficial for him. It stimulates emotions in the baby and helps him react to different stimuli. It is also believed to prepares the baby for life after his birth.”
Many thanks to Success Won’t Wait’s longtime volunteer Larry Jilk, pictured below, for arranging the donation. For more information about Philadelphia Pregnancy Center and their exceptional maternal fetal health services, please visit the Philadelphia Pregnancy Center website.
For additional information on the benefits of reading aloud to babies in utero, we’ve found these resources:
- Womb to World: Reading and Talking with Babies: Psychology Today
- Reading Stories to a Baby in the Womb – Reasons & Benefits: Parenting
- What to Read to Your Baby in Utero: Book Riot
- The Benefits of Reading to Babies in Utero: Baby Med
About Success Won’t Wait
Success Won’t Wait is not-for-profit literacy organization based in Wilmington, Delaware. Since 2002, we’ve given away over 1 million books throughout the US and abroad. Want to learn more about Success Won’t Wait’s literacy projects, how to donate used books in Delaware, or how to volunteer your time? Simply click on the About Us tab above.
Read now, because success won’t wait!