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  1. Another Health Journeys Baby Gestates, Even as We Speak!

    Another Health Journeys Baby Gestates, Even as We Speak!

    We got this happy note last week. In it, Kristie describes how she used selected segments of our Help with Fertility imagery along with acupuncture specifically designed for boosting conception. Now she's contentedly listening to the Pregnancy (please link) imagery!

    Hi Belleruth and thank you!!

    I listened to the Help with Fertility guided imagery while trying to get pregnant, and I totally believe that it helped!

    It took us 6 months of actively trying to conceive, and I found the conception track and the affirmations track very comforting throughout the process.

    I purchased the MP3 album after a couple of months of acupuncture (weekly at first and then in the first two weeks of my cycle), and then I would listen to the conception track almost nightly as I fell asleep in bed at night. I would listen to the affirmations one in the car on my way to work when I needed a pick-me-up.

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  2. What Imagery Is Best for an Upcoming C-Section?

    What Imagery Is Best for an Upcoming C-Section?

    Dearest Belleruth,

    I love your guided imagery CDs and downloads. They have been so helpful to my family in so many ways.

    Now my sister is now pregnant after 4 miscarriages in 3 years. According to all the pre-natal testing, the baby is healthy, strong and free of any possible congenital abnormalities. Nevertheless, my dear sister is (understandably) "waiting for the other shoe to drop". What imagery would you recommend?

    I ask this because due to prior complications, she must have a scheduled C-section. The pregnancy and childbirth CD appears to be focused on vaginal birth. I want to honor her reality and provide her with a program that will support her confidence in her body.

    Many Blessings,

    Terry K., Chiropractor

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  3. Trauma-Focused CBT Reduces PTS, Anxiety & Depression in Moms of Premature Infants

    Researchers from Stanford University, the University of New Mexico and New York University conducted a randomized, controlled trial to evaluate 6-month outcomes from a skills-based intervention designed to reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression in mothers of preterm infants.

    One hundred five mothers of preterm infants were randomly assigned to (1) a 6- or 9-session intervention based on principles of trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy with infant redefinition or (2) a 1-session active comparison intervention based on education about the NICU and parenting of the premature infant.

    Outcome measures included the Davidson Trauma Scale, the Beck Depression Inventory II, and the Beck Anxiety Inventory. Participants were assessed at baseline, 4 to 5 weeks after birth, and 6 months after the birth of the premature infant.

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  4. 3 New Studies Show What Reduces Nausea & Vomiting during Pregnancy

    Positive Trends for Hypnosis

    Researchers from the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital and The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, conducted a literature review of studies in the efficacy of hypnosis for the treatment of severe, pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum).
    They searched databases from Cochrane, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and Web of Knowledge databases. A total of 45 studies were identified, and, of those, six fulfilled the inclusion criteria.
    Studies were reviewed for study design, methodological quality, intervention and outcomes. Methodology between the studies differed but all reported encouraging positive outcomes.

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  5. Solutions for Pregnancy-Related Nausea and Vomiting

    This question gets answered, but also propelled a refresher look at the data bases to see if recent research reveals any new solutions to this age-old problem, which usually strikes pregnant women between weeks 4-16, from the sudden influx of hormones.  Those new studies can be found on our Hot Research page.

    BR, got any suggestions for nausea/vomiting from morning sickness during pregnancy?  I could use some.


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  6. Our Favorite Kind of Feedback – Another Baby on the Way

    Another Health Journeys bambino is in the oven.  We loved getting this exuberant email, reporting the happy aftermath of using guided imagery (Help with Fertility) after a challenging time of IVF/embryo transfers that did not take…

    Hello from a delirious, ecstatic pregnant lady.  My husband found your Fertility CD on Amazon.  We began listening to it faithfully each night.  

    It had a healing effect.  I found the images comforting.  They touched me in a deep way while giving me perspective and patience.  I became calmer and definitely more optimistic.  We are both 38 years old and had been feeling a lot of pressure to have a baby.
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  7. Another Baby in the Oven!

    I bought the Guided Meditations to Help with Fertility in January.  It got me through an intense cycle of fertility treatments!  I listened every day to help calm my nerves and so that I could relax!!

    And I am happy to say that I am now seven weeks pregnant with twins!! So I have recently purchased the meditation CD for pregnancy also.  I listen daily!  Whenever I get frantic with anxiety, my husband will say "Why don't you go listen to Belleruth!"  

    And when I give him a hard time, he says "Be careful or you and Belleruth will be alone in the delivery room!!"  LOL!

    We both thank you for these wonderful meditations and affirmations.

    Very Pregnant and Very Happy New Imagery Fan

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  8. Guided Imagery Reduces Maternal Stress from At-Risk Pregnancies

    Researchers from the Department of Family and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia, and Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, conducted a feasibility study examining the impact of guided imagery on maternal stress in at risk, hospitalized pregnant women suffering from conditions such as preterm labor,  hypertension, pre-eclampsia, premature rupture of membranes, incompetent cervix, multiple gestation, and so forth.

    The investigators used a repeated-measures, pre-/posttest design. Mean stress and systolic blood pressure measurements were significantly lower after the intervention, as compared to before listening to the guided imagery CD.  Measures were taken on Day one and whatever the last day was – number of days varied and could be from 2 to 10 days.

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  9. What Should a Preemie Listen to in Neonatal Intensive Care?

    Dear Belleruth,

    My daughter and son-in-law gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who was conceived in vitro.  He was born at 25 weeks gestation, weighing 1 lb 9oz, measuring 13" long.

    He will be in Neonatal Intensive Care for some months.  I would love a CD to play for him.  Although things look good, his little lungs are not yet developed so breathing is difficult. His heart is not fully developed and has a hole.  

    He can't be held or removed from the incubator.  He can't be touched except for brief periods.  

    Do you have a CD that could be played for him, his mother and father and grandparents?

    Thank you.  A friend who died of cancer introduced me to your wonderful CD's when I was having trouble sleeping, I never heard the whole CD as I fell asleep every time I played it : )


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  10. Imagery CD and Workbook Improve Well-Being During and After Childbirth

    A randomized controlled trial by researchers from Oslo University Hospital examined whether a self-administered practice of relaxation techniques, positive affirmations and guided imagery in the final part of pregnancy resulted in a positive impact on giving birth; and additionally, whether using a CD with a booklet, with no previous training or practitioner assistance, could be effective.
    Outcome measures were monitored both during and after delivery. During delivery, pain and anxiety were measured at different stages of birth.  Post-delivery measures included well-being (Edmonton Scale 0-10, where 10 is the worst), pain, anxiety, Apgar score, duration of birth, complications and anesthesia/analgesic use.

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