The author describes a technique to ease the trauma of abortion to the mother by attempting to communicate with the fetus using hypnotic visualization. As a result, women who employed the technique experienced little or no guilt following abortion, with some having spontaneous miscarriages. Each one reported the experience as positive, and appeared to have opened the grieving process prior to the loss of the fetus, leading to an increased sense of continuity and completeness in the experience.Also discussed is a case of attempted but uncompleted abortion. The trauma to the fetus is seen in the adult through techniques of age regression.
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Helen H. Watkins, M.A.
University of Montana
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