We got this email from a woman who described her experiences with guided imagery for pregnancy and delivery, under a wide variety of circumstances, for several pregnancies and deliveries. As you can see, this has been sitting in our files for a while – she’s talking about using cassettes!
When I was pregnant with my first child, I used your pregnancy and labor cassettes throughout my pregnancy. I had the labor affirmations on repeat play during my whole delivery and had a wonderful, drug free, birth experience.
I got pregnant again a year after my son was born and miscarried. We were devastated. I was hesitant to listen to the tapes when I got pregnant again a few months later, as I knew there was the line about knowing when it is time to let go.
A doc who heard BR talk about guided imagery at Andy Weil’s Nutrition & Health conference in Dallas last month, has a daughter-in-law who works in a neonatal unit of a hospital. She wonders if it makes sense for her to play guided imagery for tense new moms, trying to breastfeed their preemies in the neonatal unit. Here is her question:
I appreciated the reminder about guided imagery at the nutrition conference in Dallas. My daughter-in-law works in a hospital neonatal nursery. New moms are very tense about breast feeding, and when Mom is tense, it’s hard to breast feed. Guided imagery seems like it could be a great help. Any thoughts?
Researchers from the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University, Waco, TX developed a study to evaluate the feasibility of a guided self-hypnosis intervention for hot flashes.
Thirteen postmenopausal women received 5 sessions of guided self-hypnosis (guided imagery) in which all the hypnotic inductions were audio recordings.
Subjects were provided with guidance regarding symptom monitoring, individualizing the mental imagery and practicing the technique.
Hot flashes were measured through diaries. Results indicated that the average frequency of hot flashes decreased by 72% (p < .001) and hot-flash intensity decreased by 76% (p < .001) on average.
We loved reading this blog entry on how this sassy, resourceful woman got pregnant (with twins) after 3 years of struggle. It’s filled with attitude, excellent advice and smart pointers, laced with a nice, realistic dollop of hopefulness. And she used guided imagery! And Monica Morell’s Fertility Yoga! How smart was that??
This question gets answered, but also propelled a refresher look at the data bases to see if recent research reveals any new solutions to this age-old problem, which usually strikes pregnant women between weeks 4-16, from the sudden influx of hormones. Those new studies can be found on our Hot Research page.
BR, got any suggestions for nausea/vomiting from morning sickness during pregnancy? I could use some.
Researchers from the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital and The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, conducted a literature review of studies in the efficacy of hypnosis for the treatment of severe, pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum).
They searched databases from Cochrane, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and Web of Knowledge databases. A total of 45 studies were identified, and, of those, six fulfilled the inclusion criteria.
Studies were reviewed for study design, methodological quality, intervention and outcomes. Methodology between the studies differed but all reported encouraging positive outcomes.
I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with a private practice out West. I am post-menopausal and was just diagnosed this week with lichen sclerosis.
This chronic skin condition affects primarily post-menopausal women, but also affects young women, and sometimes children and men. It is believed to be an auto-immune disease. It can affect the vulvar and anal areas in women.
If left untreated, it causes scarring and the fusing of tissues in the genitalia area, including narrowing the opening to the vagina.
Needless to say, intercourse may either be impossible or very painful. The treatment I've been recommended is fluocinolone Acetonide ointment and my gynecologist is very optimistic.
Researchers from the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, conducted a randomized, single-blind, controlled, clinical trial to see if the frequency of hot flashes (as well as night sweats and disrupted sleep) could be reduced by hypnosis.
Prescribing estrogen and progesterone has declined, due to concerns about possible health risks, and alternatives are being sought to help manage symptoms.
The study involved 187 postmenopausal women who reported a minimum of seven hot flashes per day or at least 50 hot flashes per week.
Eligible participants received five weekly sessions of either clinical hypnosis or structured-attention control. Primary outcomes were hot flash frequency (subjectively and physiologically recorded) and hot flash score assessed by daily diaries on weeks 2 to 6 and week 12.
Investigators from the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, examined the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention in breast-feeding mothers.
The research team developed and tested an 8-week mindfulness-based intervention aimed at improving maternal self-efficacy, mindfulness, self-compassion, satisfaction with life, and subjective happiness, and at reducing psychological distress.
A randomized controlled, between-groups design was used with treatment and control groups (n = 26) and pretest and posttest measures.
Investigators from Soroka University Medical Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel, investigated whether hypnosis during embryo transfer contributes to successful fertility outcomes.
In this case-control, clinical study with infertile couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), 98 IVF/ET cycles with hypnosis were matched with 96 regular IVF/ET cycles. Rates of clinical pregnancy and implantation were then compared between the two groups.
There were 52 clinical pregnancies out of 98 cycles (53.1%), with an implantation rate of 28% among hypnosis IVF/ET cycles, as compared with 29 out of 96 (30.2%) clinical pregnancies and an implantation rate of 14.4% in the control cycles.