The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on June 27, 1965 · Page 49
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 49

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, June 27, 1965
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she'8 abortion-prone—is tremendously important to her and the well-being of the child." One of the best things about these family-outlook conferences is the way they give husbands a new awareness of how important their supportive role can be. The men almost invariably respond by going all-out to ease their wives' abortion-anxiety neurosis. Born of tension arising from factors which aggravate the pattern of repeated failure, this neurosis is "a built-in guarantee of another miscarriage," as one experienced obstetrician explains it to his couples. If bickwing over money is a cause of tension, the alerted husband can take steps to avoid further arguments by helping his wife work out a budget or by trying to improve his income, perhaps with part-time employment. If hidden jealousy or other pressures from his family or hers are creating the tension, he—as head of this new family—can act to protect his wife and their future child from the stresses of interference. Sometimes, of course, husbands can't or won't cooperate. Then, acting on an instinct very like self- preservation, a woman will often do what even nonaborters often have been known to do: transfer her dependency to the understanding obstetrician. For th« abortion-prona, this can involve risks of a different kind. One such woman, who had finally delivered a bouncing son under compassionate direction from her psychotherapy-minded doctor, was doing so well on her next pregnancy that the doctor felt confident he could safely take a quick trip to Europe for a medical conference. As soon as she heard he had left, she began to have premature labor pains. Although he flew right back, she miscarried. During the following pregnancy, he remained close at hand. The patient's little boy now has a sister. That spontaneous abortion can be as much the mind's fault as the body's is confirmed dramatically in a report from Dr. Ralph V. August of Muskegon Heights, Mich. Dr. August specializes in painless childbirth through hypnosis. (FAMILY WEEKLY, Dec. 1,1961.) Recently he has been using this mind-guidance technique to control threatened abortion. He says he has had remarkable success in bringing his abortion-prone patients to full-term deliveries. Among the other diagnostic ad­ vances now employed in dealing with abortion-prone women are ultrasound and thermography. For example, by bouncing harmless ultrahigh-frequency sound waves off the child in the womb, the obstetrician can obtain a useful electronic "print" or outline showing the baby's exact size. With thermography, doctors use the body's invisible infrared-heat radiation to make a "heat map" which reveals useful information about the baby's condition in time to provide whatever medical support may be indicated. Support measures can take a variety of forms. One of the most extensive prenatal evaluation studies of all time was recently conducted by Dr. Carl T. Javert, professor of clinical obstetrics at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He concludMl that otherwise- healthy abortion-prone women could have their babies instead of losing them if they (1) had a reassuring relationship with their doctors, (2) substituted for bed rest (except in clearly threatened abortion) wholly normal activity, including travel and even athletics, and (3) followed a diet high in citrus fruits, with a heavy supplement of the antibleed- ing vitamins C, P, and K. In his own practice. Dr. Javert's positive approach has helped more than 80 percent of his abortion- prone patients to deliver healthy, full-term babies—even after six or seven consecutive miscarriages! Not oil doctors ogroo that vitamins and fruit are that important to the abortion-prone, any more than they would suggest that the powerful new hormone drugs always can be counted on to head off a miscarriage. But to a man, they feel as Dr. Javert does about normal activity, and they endorse his emphasis on the need of every expectant mother—particularly if she is abortion-prone—to know she has her doctor's full support. That means the right to call on him for encouragement whenever she feels anxious or depressed. Thanks to increasing recognition of the part the mind can play in miscarriage—and in helping to prevent it—medical science now offers abortion-prone women the bright new promise of fulfillment. To achieve it, says Dr. Robert W. Kistner of the Harvard Medical School obstetrics faculty, "constant reassurance and encouragement are equally as important as vitamins or hormones." * To prevent miscarriages, doctors are discovering dramatic and novel tools— and the most important ones touch the mind of the mother By JAMES C. G. CONNIFF Family Weekly, June 27,1965

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