MAY 1997, VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1, Abstract 7

OBSTETRIC HYPNOSIS: TWO CASE STUDIES

Carolyn Sauer, Psychologist

Marc I. Oster, Psychologist

This article examines the use of hypnosis in preparation for childbirth.  Two cases are described in which a model of obstetric hypnosis was used in psychological preparation for labour, delivery, and postpartum issues.  The techniques were utilised over a relatively short period of time and offered significant benefits to the mothers.  One benefit was flexibility in terms of helping mothers achieve their individual goals.  Other benefits included an increased sense of self-confidence, ability to remain calm during labour, and ease of transition into breast feeding.  The role of practice on treatment outcome is also addressed.