These Twins Are Holding Each Other As Though They're Still In The Womb

A touching video that might confirm research about prenatal social bonding.

When Sonia Rochel posted this video of two twins a year ago, she was simply trying to demonstrate her "baby spa" method of bathing newborns in warm water. She inadvertently captured something pretty special: these babies holding each other, as though still nestled in the womb.

A 2010 article by Scientific American states that at least one study shows that twins begin forming social bonds before birth: the first person a twin meets is his or her twin.

According to the article one study "found that fetuses begin reaching toward their neighbors by the 14th week of gestation."

The article continues, saying, "Over the following weeks they reduced the num­ber of movements toward themselves and instead reached more frequently toward their counterparts."

"By the 18th week they spent more time contacting their partners than themselves or the walls of the uterus. Almost 30 percent of their movements were directed toward their prenatal companions."

Twin births remain a relatively rare occurrence, despite having risen 76% in the United States from 1980 to 2009, according to the CDC.

Source: "Social Before Birth," Scientific American, CDC. Video source: Rochelle Sonia: YouTube. Images via Imgur, as noted. Originally seen on Huffpo.

Isn't that amazing? The implication is that our social life--our beginnings of interaction--take place before birth. This has long been suspected, but the research certainly gives strong evidence to the idea. Please share this with your friends.


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