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Using Hypnotherapy To Promote Fertility

The Mind-Body Fertility ConnectionSpecializing in infertility since 2003, James Schwartz wrote the book The Mind-Body Fertility Connection which was released worldwide in 2008 and has been endorsed by leaders in the fields of hypnotherapy, acupuncture and Maya massage. Through his extensive work with infertility clients, in Denver, Colorado, James developed and created the Mind-Body Fertility Connection® Method dedicated to helping women achieve full-term pregnancy. While James personally sees clients for infertility, he has also trained other hypnotherapists in his methods to make the program available in other regions. Click here for list of certified practitioners.

New insights regarding infertility have dramatically changed the approach to getting pregnant and trying to start a family. Several scientific studies now show that women have a much greater chance of conceiving if they participate in a mind-body healing program such as hypnotherapy. (See Chapter Two in The Mind-Body Fertility Connection for specific information about these studies.)

The main reason for this is because the biggest obstacle to conception and full-term pregnancy is stress. When a woman's body is stressed, it can create several conditions that can interfere with conception and being able to carry a baby full-term: poor follicular production, inability to ovulate, hormone imbalances, excessive cortisol production, insufficient blood flow to the uterus, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system and those are just a few. (See Chapter four in The Mind-Body Fertility Connection for specific information about physical conditions affecting fertility.)

Reducing stress can dramatically change these dynamics. Naturally, reducing stress includes learning a personalized self-hypnosis program, but it also must include looking at the underlying issues. While day-to-day stress can be a factor, a much more significant detriment to fertility is the old unprocessed issues. For example, if a woman has a miscarriage, that very emotional and devastating event can plant a fearful seed in her mind. That fear is likely to simmer within her every time she thinks about having a baby, and that fear stresses her mind and body which, in turn, can block conception or full-term pregnancy. Therefore, one of the most important parts of the fertility journey is to clear out or process the old "stuff" that creates stress in the body. Hypnosis is probably the most efficient way to do this because hypnosis deals directly with the subconscious mind which holds all of our old fears, anxieties, memories and beliefs.


The Chinese noticed several thousand years ago that women who had difficulty conceiving often had an underlying emotional issue preventing conception.

Modern studies have now confirmed that psychological and emotional blocks can create infertility issues. (See the article at the bottom of this page.) There may be subconscious fears around pregnancy, labor, childbirth, hospitals, medical treatments, motherhood, loss of independence or individuality, questions about their husband's ability to be a good father, unresolved dysfunctional patterns from a woman’s own childhood or even the fear that a new baby might be a threat to the relationship with her spouse.

Hypnotherapy can help women identify and process emotional issues within the subconscious that might be interfering with conception.

Jim has taught me so much about meditation! I am currently pregnant with my second baby after undergoing IVF. I am confident that my daily meditations have led to this pregnancy. My sessions with Jim helped heal past hurts, visualize the outcome that I desired, and minimize the stress of IVF. I would highly recommend Jim and hypnotherapy in general for anyone struggling with infertility.

~ Christine

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Fears that Might be Blocks to Conception:

  • pregnancy
  • childbirth
  • hospitals
  • loss of her independence
  • what will having a baby do to her career
  • will she be a good mother
  • fear of failure and the impact that has on her self-esteem
  • miscarriages
  • feelings of inadequacy
  • labor
  • physical changes in her body
  • medical treatments
  • loss of her individuality
  • is she ready to be a mother
  • will dysfunctional patterns from her childhood be repeated
  • will the new baby be a threat to the relationship with her spouse
  • abortions
  • high expectations/perfectionism

Hypnotherapy is a highly effective mind-body technique which helps individuals identify and process subconscious blocks that may be interfering with conception. In a relaxed therapeutic environment, the hypnotherapist and the individual work together to bring about positive attitudes and beliefs regarding pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.

Dr. Christiane Northrup in her book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom says: "The mind/body approach to fertility is based on the premise that knowledge is power and that a change in perception based on new information is powerful enough to effect subtle changes in your endocrine, immune, and nervous systems. Regardless of what you’ve been told about your fertility, you need to know that your ability to conceive is profoundly influenced by the complex interaction among psychosocial, psychological, and emotional factors, and that you can consciously work with this to enhance your ability to have a baby."

Through his extensive work with infertility clients, Jim Schwartz has created and developed the Hypnosis to Promote Fertility program that is unlike any other in this country. It includes a unique hypnotherapy protocol that combines stress reduction, visualization, meditation, mind-body healing, energy work, Eastern medicine, cellular work, and, most importantly, working to identify and process issues that may be preventing pregnancy.

I worked with Jim through my fertility treatments, successful conception and through my pregnancy. I truly feel like I was able to work through areas of my life and subconscious that were a part of my inability to get pregnant. And the results were that I was able to get pregnant and now I have the most precious gift of all-my daughter.

Jim brought compassion, professionalism and factual background which was helpful for my practical, scientific brain. He helped to educate me on the practice of hypnotherapy where others had not. Most of all, I learned to incorporate this into my own life. I would absolutely refer a friend and have done so.

~ Rachel

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The following article discusses the role of hypnotherapy in promoting fertility:

Can Hypnosis Help to Make You Pregnant?

Some complementary therapists claim they can aid conception
Excerpts from an article by Suzy Greaves

One in seven women seeks medical help to aid conception. Inevitably, given this demand and the low success rates of conventional treatments for infertility alternative practitioners have not been slow to offer therapies that they claim will increase fertility.

Dr Elizabeth Muir, a clinical psychologist who has specialized in treating infertility for seven years, uses hypnotherapy to help couples for whom there is no apparent medical reason why they should not have a child. Muir believes that the psychological issues surrounding pregnancy are not sufficiently well addressed for many women with fertility problems, and she claims a success rate of 45 per cent for her clients.

"Hypnotherapy works on the premise that the conscious and subconscious minds may be at odds with each other," she says. "I believe that while a woman might consciously want a baby, her subconscious may be stopping her from getting pregnant. Most women I see have psychosomatic infertility related to conflicts or unresolved issues about having a baby. A combination of counseling and hypnotherapy can remove these problems."

Muir explains that hypnosis affects the hypothalamus, the neural center at the base of the brain linked to the pituitary gland and controls the flow of hormones in the body. The hypothalamus is sensitive to stress and acts as a bridge between the emotional and physical, turning emotional messages into physical responses that affect hormone levels.

A study by John Gruzelier, Professor of Psychology at Imperial College School of Medicine, revealed that self-hypnosis could strengthen the immune system by 48 per cent in six weeks. Muir’s theory is also supported in studies by Dr Alice Domar, director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Behavioral Medicine Program for Infertility in Boston, who examined the relationship between stress and infertility. Her studies documented the success of her mind/body fertility program, which taught people how to relax and reduce tension.

In the first study, published in 1999 in the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association, 42 per cent of the 132 infertile women in the program conceived within six months of completing it. In the second study, published in 2000 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, 55 per cent of the previously infertile women who met regularly in a mind-body program conceived, compared with 20 per cent of the control group, who used no mind-body techniques and did not attend meetings.

Niravi Payne, a psychotherapist and pioneer of mind-body fertility therapy in America, believes that stress is only one of the factors that can prevent conception. "Our endocrine, immune and nervous systems are all intimately connected and influenced by every thought we think and every emotion we feel," she says. "When something significant happens in our lives, the emotionally charged experience gets stored in our brain. Memories and experiences are also simultaneously stored biochemically and electromagnetically in various organ systems. Negative emotional experiences can throw off the finely tuned hormonal balance necessary for ovulation and sperm production"

After four years of infertility, the actress Alex Kingston had a child after having IVF treatment. During the treatment, Kingston also worked with Payne. "One of my sisters is physically and mentally handicapped and I realized that I was holding on to a lot of fear about that," says Kingston. "With Niravi, I was able to release a huge amount of stuff I’d been holding on to without realizing it."

March 05, 2002, Reported On The Times Newspapers (TimesOnLine.com) Web Site

 

 

 



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