Schwontkowski checked in with other moms she knew and a few said they had experienced the same type of experience. Like her, the ones that had similar experiences said they had known without a doubt that the voice was from their unborn or its spirit. It said things that only related to what babies might be thinking about. However, the topic was one that many women really didn’t want to discuss in any detail at that time in the 1990s.
And recently, while collecting stories of mommy-baby communication in the womb from 25 women from around the world, Schwontkowski analyzed their communication on 52 different indices. One of them involved whether or not moms talked to their unborn baby during their pregnancy. Another of them was whether or not the baby talked back, and the mother heard a message, either audibly, inside her head, or as an impression. The sense of hearing, like other senses, may be critical to mommy-baby communication. If a mother hears her baby talk, the message may be critical to one or both of their lives.
Eight of the 25 women – or 32% – agreed that they heard their unborn voicing various messages to the moms. Some of them are listed below:
1. “Mama!” – The baby simply called out to his mother. He was 4 months old.
2. As the mom was contemplating names for her baby, she got quiet in a meditative state. Then without any warning, she heard “Theodore!” inside her head. “Theodore?” she asked out loud, perplexed. That wasn’t a name she knew many moms chose for a baby. She asked out loud, “Like the chipmunk?” thinking of Alvin and the Chipmunks where one was named Theodore. “Yes!” the voice replied. She named him Theodore – “and he’s got the same characteristics as the chipmunk.”
3. During one mom’s emotional upheaval in her pregnancy, her baby said, “It’s alright, Mom. I’m here. I love you. It’s okay.” She felt immensely comforted by this.
4. One mom in India had developed a habit of taking a walk through the gardens nearby. One day here is what she heard: “It’s morning. We’re running late. Take me to the gardens. I want to explore.”
5. One mom was simply watching a fitness program on TV. As the fitness host was talking, she heard, “Would hair like that look good enough? Is that a good nose for a man?” The host was male. The unborn baby was male. The mom knew the voice was discussing things she would never discuss and had to be from her baby. She deducted that perhaps the unborn baby was in the process of choosing traits from inherited DNA if that is somehow possible.
Often it is stated that when a woman is pregnant, it’s her body. However, the unborn baby that is developing is actually a separate entity with its own unique DNA. Is it not possible that because it’s separate, it has its own body, soul, and spirit? And if so, hearing these voices during pregnancy, doesn’t have to be a psychological disorder.
What Other Experts Believe
Hearing voices has long been considered auditory hallucinations, possibly associated with mental health conditions. It’s thought to occur in those who lose their sense of hearing, grieve for a loved one, experience a head injury, go through substance abuse withdrawal symptoms, have experienced PTSD, or are under a lot of stress.
Some types of brain disorders may make it possible for voices to be heard. Vitamin or mineral deficiencies also may make it easier to hear voices. For example, a severe magnesium deficiency, such as what is often found in those withdrawing from alcohol, is frequently associated with auditory hallucinations.
Some Christian ministries may pray to the spirits of saints or the spirits of God in the bible – wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord.
“To me, it makes sense that the moms who experienced hearing voices were hearing the voices of the spirit of their unborn baby. The moms didn’t know each other and were from other countries. They didn’t collaborate with each other for their stories,” Schwontkowski said.
“All the messages they received were ones that logically were related to baby topics. When I look at the result of these messages, they have always been positive, reassuring and encouraging. Sometimes they are funny. For decades, the field of psychology has denied the existence of the spirit world – but every major religion acknowledges the presence of spirits in our world. In the case of 32% of pregnant moms, the messages they hear from their unborn babies may be exactly what they need.”
“We can’t verify where exactly the voices heard by pregnant women are originating from, but we can support the women in their quest to listen and develop the communication between themselves and their new generation,” Schwontkowski said.