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Meditation, childbirth meditation, and advanced natural childbirth are defined. The medical paradigm has been expanding, allowing meditation to be seen as an increasing medical and psychological resource in the West. This has resulted in inevitable influence on childbirth. The physiological and psychological benefits of meditation pertaining to pregnant women who meditate are described. Research on the various meditation hormonal benefits and immune enhancement is summarized. The benefits of meditation impacting the labor process are described. An expanded vision of childbirth anatomy is described in the context of meditation methods designed specifically for childbirth. Directions for childbirth meditation research are discussed.
KEY WORDS: Discipline, DHEA, Endorphines, Enrichment, Meditation, Melatonin, Serotonin, Visualization.
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Robert Newman, President of Medigrace, Inc. has been researching, developing, and presenting programs in the medical uses of meditation since 1991. Since 1997 he has presented more than 60 training seminars in medical centers and hospitals. For more information on the Calm Birth program, please visit: www.Medigrace.org.