An Assessment of the Value of Hypnosis in Pregnancy and Labour*

  title={An Assessment of the Value of Hypnosis in Pregnancy and Labour*},
  author={J. A. H. Davidson},
  journal={British Medical Journal},
  pages={951 - 953}
  • J. Davidson
  • Published 13 October 1962
  • Medicine
  • British Medical Journal
Considerable attention is being paid to the emotional and mental state of women in pregnancy and labour. With modern antenatal care in this country, the physical hazards of pregnancy and labour have been greatly reduced, but the emotional and mental hazards have, if anything, been increased by the high hospital-confinement rate, with the attendant risk of impersonal attention in strange surroundings. One of many methods of reducing fear and emotional tension in pregnant women is to use hypnosis… 
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