Conscious and unconscious fears appear to be the cause of preterm labor. These can be discovered and removed during brief telephone communications using hypnosis and ideomotor techniques at any time from the onset of painful Braxton Hicks to the irreversible situation where cervical dilatation has exceeded four centimeters or the membranes have ruptured. Two examples are offered to demonstrate the methods successfully used to help two women carry their twins to viability. The author's research appears to justify the contention of veterinary studies that the fetus of lower animals triggers maternal expulsive labor. The hypothesis is presented that pyramiding maternal fear starts a sequence of events that can culminate in expulsive preterm labor when premature infants conclude that they are not wanted. An important feature of treatment is the reestablishment of maternal-fetal telepathic communications that are stopped when a pregnant woman loses hope of having a living child.
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David B. Cheek, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
David B. Cheek, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. practices obstetrics and gynecology in Santa Barbara, California. A member of the Board of Directors of APPPAH, he is the author of Hypnosis: the Application of Ideomotor Techniques. His innovative techniques have influenced an entire generation of hypnotherapists. Address correspondence to David B. Cheek, 1140 Bel Air Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.