Research has shown that babies are very aware while in the womb, at birth, and even before conception. Babies are “full-grown souls” living in a small body. The soul of the baby integrates with the physical body at some point during gestation (it’s different for them all), and can even go in and out of the body until it finally settles in, to mesh and meld the spirit or soul with the physical body. This tiny body is still quite undeveloped, especially the brain, which is why this developed soul isn’t born walking and talking. The brain that the soul of the baby has to use in order to walk and talk and do other tasks needs much more time to develop before they can demonstrate such skills.
This is why I encourage parents to be mindful about their baby, as the baby is very aware, feels pain, experiences fear.
There is an organization called APPPAH (Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health - which basically means Birth Psychology - please visit them at https://birthpsychology.com/home). They have done extensive research on this subject. If you’re interested in learning more about birth psychology, they have information resources at their ClassWomb - https://birth-psychology-classwomb.teachable.com/p/free-content
Book suggestions: The Mind of Your Newborn Baby and Windows to the Womb, both by Dr. David Chamberlain, Ph.D. I was blessed to know and be friends with Dr. Chamberlain during the last 15 years of his life. I learned much from him, and had much of what I already intuitively knew proven by the decades of studies that he did throughout his life. My own story of my yet un-conceived baby’s communications is featured in his second book, Windows of the Womb. Mine is certainly not the only one featured - it’s a fascinating read! Another book suggestion - Cosmic Cradle by Elizabeth M. Carman and Neil J. Carman.