A baby’s brain is like a sponge that absorbs experiences both good and bad. This happens both before and after birth. Good experiences build a healthy brain, while negative experiences can lead to cognitive delays that plague a person for life.
In the womb, a tiny neural tube is transformed into the brain and spinal cord. During pregnancy, an unborn child produces billions of neurons that form pathways like telephone lines that allow communications to various parts of the brain.
See this archived edition of the MCC Messenger, “Building Baby’s Brain One Story at a Time”, for more on the marvelous process of brain development and how early intervention is crucial if children are to reach their full potential.