This article presents a method that has been developed in Germany, during practical work in an office for gynecology, obstetrics, and psychotherapy, which has resulted in an astoundingly low rate of premature births among the pregnant women cared for. The actual rate of premature births in the last 15 years stands at something over 1 per cent instead of about 7 per cent usual in Germany. It has been found that a threatened premature birth should be regarded within the entirety of physical and emotional processes. In contrast to the traditional approach, symptoms are not to be regarded as problems that have to be got rid of, but are rather to be interpreted as important signals and signposts that point towards more appropriate modes of behavior. Suggestions for primary prevention are the encouragement of the expectant mother to heed her inner emotional and physical state and to get into contact to her unborn child. Four case histories are included.
KEY WORDS: Prevention of premature birth, Prenatal care.
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.