To the Editors:
Most people are only dimly aware of the information in your delightful cover story on babies [Aug. 15]. I am a registered nurse in the maternity unit of a New York hospital, and when I talk to babies just out of the delivery room they respond to my voice and other sounds. They see and react to a soothing touch and consistently avoid painful or frightening stimuli. In the first week of life they are much more aware than most people realize.
Susan Gower New York City
Inevitably, scientific research spends millions to prove what sensitive parents have always known: babies...