Medicine: Crying: Pre-Natal

Doctors at Sacred Heart Hospital in Hanford, Calif, could hardly believe their ears: a 24-year-old housewife, eight months pregnant, arrived one morning last week and announced that her unborn baby was crying. The doctors listened. Sure enough, faint wails were coming from the fetus. The phenomenon, which may result when air reaches a baby through prematurely ruptured membranes, is not unknown, but it has rarely occurred so early. Except that the wails made her a little "nervous," the patient was feeling fine, looking forward to a normal delivery in a few weeks.

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