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A physician with a history of four previous spontaneous abortions stopped the progression of preterm labor and gave birth to a healthy baby at term. Repeated troubled dreams are the cause of painful Braxton Hicks contractions. These are innocuous until an alarmed mother breaks off telepathic communications to her fetus. This starts a sequence of events beginning with expulsive labor, rupture of membranes and birth of a compromised baby. Preterm birth is preventable. The process can be reversed. The telephone is a valuable means of capitalizing on spontaneous hypnotic behavior in a crisis and for continued vigilance until the patient has full confidence in her ability to continue the pregnancy.
Cheek, D. B. (1965). Some newer understandings of dreams in relation to threatened abortion and premature labor. Pacific Medicine and Surgery, 73, 379-384.
Cheek, D. B. (1969 a). Significance of dreams initiating premature labor. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 12, 5-15.
Cheek, D. B. (1969 b). Communication with the critically ill. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 12, 75-85.
Cheek, D. B. (1992). Are telepathy, clairvoyance and "hearing" possible in utero? Suggestive evidence as revealed during hypnosis age-regression studies of prenatal memory. Pre and Perinatal Psychology Journal, 7 (2) 125-137.
Cheek, D. B. (1994) Hypnosis: The Application of Ideomotor Techniques. Boston, Allyn & Bacon. Chapter 16, Sleep Disorders.
Cheek, D. B. (1995). Early use of psychotherapy in prevention of preterm labor: The application of hypnosis and ideomotor techniques with women carrying twin pregnancies. Pre and Perinatal Psychology Journal, 10 (1), 5-19.
Hicks, J. B. (1871). On the contractions of the uterus throughout pregnancy: Their physiological effects and their value in the diagnosis of pregnancy. Transactions of Obstetrical Society of London: 13: 216-231 (Written long before there were more reliable ways of diagnosing an early pregnancy).
Nathanielsz, P. W. (1994). A time to be born: Implications of animal studies in maternal-fetal medicine. Birth, 24 #3, 163-169.
David B. Cheek, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Editorial Note: A former member of the APPPAH Board, the late David B. Cheek, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. published during his lifetime more than fifty articles in the areas of obstetrics, gynecology, psychology and clinical hypnosis. I have Included his own comments about this article in Letters to the Editor. The Fall 1995 issue of this Journal contains a previous article, Early Use of Psychotherapy in Prevention of Preterm Labor: The Application of Hypnosis and Ideomotor Techniques with Women Carrying Twin Pregnancies by Dr. Cheek which amplifies his research and techniques.