Selfhypnosis During Childbirth.
Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy Definition
Hypnotherapy is the treatment of a variety of health conditions by hypnotism or by inducing prolonged sleep.
Pioneers in this field, such as James Braid and James Esdaile discovered that hypnosis could be used to has been shown to reduce pain and the need for anesthesia, as well as ease anxiety and fear during childbirth childbirth: see birth.
Childlessness (See BARRENNESS.)
(Rom. Diana) goddess of childbirth. [Gk. Myth. , Dr. Paul G. Schauble and colleagues note. The use of hypnosis hypnosis
State that resembles sleep but is induced by a person (the hypnotist) whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject. The hypnotized individual seems to respond in an uncritical, automatic fashion, ignoring aspects of the environment (e.g. during pregnancy to prepare women for delivery may be key because it gives them a sense of control.
To investigate, the researchers at the University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. in Gainesville, assigned forty-two pregnant teenagers to receive either counseling or four sessions of instruction in selfhypnosis for childbirth. Teens in the hypnosis group learned deep relaxation and imagery techniques to help them cope with pain. They also received suggestions to help them respond to possible complications and boost their confidence in their ability to manage anxiety.
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3. the report, only one of twenty-two patients in the hypnosis group remained in the hospital longer than two days after delivery, compared with eight of twenty patients who did not learn selfhypnosis. None of the patients in the hypnosis group needed surgical intervention, compared with 60 percent of those in the nonhypnosis group.
In addition, fewer patients in the hypnosis group experienced complications such as high blood pressure or vacuum-assisted delivery; opted for medical anesthesia or oxytocin oxytocin (ŏksĭtō`sĭn), hormone released from the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland that facilitates uterine contractions and the milk-ejection reflex. , or required medication after delivery.
"This study provides empirical data demonstrating that the use of hypnosis in preparing pregnant women for labor and delivery reduces the risk of complications, decreases the need for medical intervention ... and promotes safer, more comfortable delivery for mother and child," Dr. Schauble said. "We anticipate this will lead to a reduction in the costs involved in childbirth."
--Journal of Family Practice, 2001