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More relaxed babies sleep better and nurse better, due to fewer drugs in their systems.

Reduce Low-Birth Rate | Reduce Postpartum Depression | Reduce Poor Risk Care for Baby

Perinatal depression and anxiety are common, temporary, and treatable disorders experienced by women during pregnancy and in the first year after the birth of the child. Unfortunately, these mood disorders are often unrecognized and untreated, impacting the whole family. Perinatal maternal anxiety in particular is associated with a number of adverse maternal and developmental repercussions including: over-activation of the maternal endocrine system, low birth weight (Lou et al., 1994; Mulder et al., 2002), postpartum depression (Ahmad et al., 1994; Sutter-Dallay et al., 2004 ), reduced communication with the infant (Field et al., 2005), behavioral inhi-bition, and insecure mother infant attachment (Coplan et al., 2005; Manassis et al.,1995


OCD has been identified as one of the top ten leading causes of disability world-wide (Dupont, 1993; Lopez and Murray, 1998). Although much less is known about OCD during the perinatal period, there is a growing consensus among researchers and clinicians that post-partum obsessive compulsive symptoms (OCS) represent a serious problem that is under-identified, with many women not receiving needed services (Forray et al., 2010). Both pregnancy and childbirth have been found to trigger onset of OCD or exacerbation of OCS (Abramowitz et al., 2003b; Forray et al., 2010).in addition to causing the mother extreme distress, postpartum OCS can also influence the type of care an infant receives, family relationships and interactions, as well as increase the risk for developing further psychiatric disorders such as depression (Abramowitz et al., 2003b)


Studies have reported associations between maternal stress during pregnancy and obstetric outcomes as well as fetal development and neonatal adaptation 

J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2012 Oct-Dec;26(4):296-306. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e31823f565b.

(1) Relaxation had a positive impact on women's emotional state.

(2) Pregnancy outcomes improved with fewer admissions to the hospital, fewer obstetric complications, longer gestation, reduction of caesarean sections, and fewer postpartum complications.

(3) Fetal heart rate and fetal motor activity were reduced as a result of relaxation and therefore interpreted as improved result.

(4) Higher-birth-weight and improved performance on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale was related to relaxation.

(5) Relaxation training was associated with reductions in maternal physiological and endocrine measures.


Evidence- Based Care

Heart Coherence training: 50% reduced fatigue, 46% reduced anxiety, 60% reduced depression, 24% improvement ability to focus, 25% improvement listening ability, 30% improvement sleep. Relaxation training- Relaxation techniques such as guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and breathing techniques may be useful in managing labor pain. Studies have shown that women who were taught self-hypnosis have a decreased need for pain medicine during labor. Cognitive Healing helping patients develop coping skills for stress management is extremely effective at resolving the underlying anxiety that drives the obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions.

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