I am not a doctor.
Nor am I probably the best person to call upon if you need open heart surgery.
However I do know the basic rudiments of biology.
In fact I do know enough to be more than a little surprised when I read the following startling headline –
You see, I do know for a fact that a foetus doesn't breathe. And if it doesn't breathe, then how does anyone or anything stop it breathing?
A foetus is completely immersed in amniotic fluid, and if it was relying on breathing for its oxygen it would instantly drown. It gets its oxygen from the mother's breathing which provides her blood with oxygen which is then transferred to the foetus via the umbilical cord. If mummy stops breathing then foetus is fucked, but unless the umbilical cord detaches then foetus is fine.
Granted a foetus goes through the motions of breathing, twitching the diaphragm, just as it twitches all the other muscles. That's just a reflex action and a touch of exercise in practice for the final plunge into the Great Outside. If a foetus stops twitching for a while then it's probably resting. Nothing wrong with that.
But the good professor doesn't seem to know all that. He seems to think that if a foetus stops exercising its diaphragm it will die, or that is what he is implying.
Maybe what he has discovered is that a glass of wine relaxes mummy, and that in turn this relaxes baby?
That sounds like a good thing?
Maybe he meant to say
One glass of wine can relax foetus, study claims
Yes. That must be it.
We all make mistakes.