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December 17, 1960

Medical Hypnosis for Obstetrics: Clinical and Biochemical Evidence Indicates That Cautious and Competent Administration Is Required

Author Affiliations

New York City

From the departments of Anesthesiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Anesthesiology Service, the Presbyterian Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women.

JAMA. 1960;174(16):2026-2032. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030160012004

In order to examine the benefits resulting from the use of hypnosis in obstetrics, 21 infants delivered with the help of this technic were studied clinically and biochemically and compared with infants born under various types of analgesia and anesthesia. Of the 21 babies, 20 were in excellent clinical condition at birth. This was not significantly different from the incidence found in a regional anesthesia group. Biochemical analysis of cord blood samples were also similar in most groups and consistent with mild to moderate asphyxia present in all the infants. However, serial determinations of the acid-base status during the first hour of life showed a significantly greater ability of the hypnosis group of babies to recover from the asphyxia of birth, as compared to the non-hypnosis infants including a non-medicated regional anesthesia group.

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