Childbirth with Hypnosis
Submitter: Published first in 1958; these scans are from the first few pages before the title page of the 1968 reprint. The cover for this book has been replaced, and sadly, we found a receipt that showed someone checked it out last year along with books about yoga in pregnancy. It’s information malpractice that this book has hidden out on our shelves for so long. We’re thinking of keeping it as an example to show patrons/taxpayers who complain about books we remove and recycle rather than reselling. Here are some of the horrifying quotes, though frankly, the whole book is like this, so they are sort of randomly chosen. Until now, I (born in 1971) didn’t even know there was such a thing as a “maternity girdle.” Also scary is looking up this author in Worldcat; this is among his least offensive ventures.
p. 65: “Assuming that you are a reasonably adjust person–and this does not mean that you are completely unafraid–and that you possess an average intelligence and imagination, your doctor may ask you to consider hypnosis.”
pp. 125-126: “In fact, the very essence of womanhood is a blending of these qualities.” (Which qualities? “self-suffering or masochism” and “narcissism.”)
pp. 161: “Although we sometimes see remarkable personality changes–usually for the better–in women who have just become mothers, you should not *expect* childbirth to make you more secure, more mature in your outlook, or more pleasant to live with than you were before. Such facets of your personality have been a lifetime in developing.”
pp. 169: “In any event, we are certain that women who do not want children are usually psychosexually immature and generally reject to some degree the feminine role.”
pp. 170-171: re: women who complain of “pelvic pain,” “backache,” or “excessive bleeding” “…merely as alibis for the lack of sexual gratification:”
“The marital union may be characterized by the refusal of the woman to assume any serious obligation of wifehood or motherhood. There is also generally an abnormal interest in card-playing or club and sports activities, with a proportionate neglect of the husband. This type of person will commonly take great interest in traveling alone, purchasing expensive clothes, or perhaps even the aggressive pursuit of a career.”
They also make the point that post-partum depression is just you sulking and permanently scarring your child’s emotional well-being in the process; that Eskimos and “the stoic Oriental” never have morning sickness but our society is neurotic, so it’s seen as common here, though “there may be very real physical causes for nausea in pregnancy” then list, among other things, a tumor. But mainly, it’s just being “literally ‘brainwashed’ by gossip into accepting the notion that ‘morning sickness’ is a necessary beginning to all pregnancy.”
I feel so bad for any woman who bought into this stuff.
Holly: Where childbirth is concerned, I’m guessing a lot of people will try ANYTHING! However, there are some newer, gentler books on hypno-delivery available. Please, upgrade! Here are some pictures from the inside (creepy!):