Listening to one another effectively so that needs are met on either side is a very important skill in life and this can be established between both parents and their baby even before he or she has been born.
Some people may seem to be more tuned into their unborn baby and it's not because they are any different to anyone else - they have just become more open and conscious to listening to their child both in the physical and non-physical sense.
Some mothers who are not relaxed and lead a busy life sometimes need reassurance after not feeling their baby kick over a period of time. As a midwife, I explain to them that they need to relax quietly, rest, drink some cold water and become aware of their baby’s movements. When mum relaxes properly and the baby has been felt, calmness and confidence is restored. However, if this isn't the case, further medical advice should be obtained.
Mothers can become more conscious of their needs and their baby’s needs by learning to breathe, finding ways to relax that they are comfortable with, be calm within themselves and eventually listen to their baby on a deeper level as a baby cannot be heard verbally. Doing this during pregnancy will help them approach labour with ease, calmness and more confidence and help achieve the  birth they both wish for.
Once the baby is born, he or she communicates through crying, and also communicates non-verbally using facial expressions and body movements.
If mums and dads listen and are aware of their baby's cues and behaviour, they can respond  to their baby’s needs accordingly.