psychoprophylaxis


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psychoprophylaxis

 [si″ko-pro″fĭ-lak´sis]
a method of prepared childbirth using mental and physical training aimed at preventing pain and modifying the perception of painful sensations associated with normal uncomplicated childbirth; see also lamaze method. adj., adj psychoprophylac´tic.

psy·cho·pro·phy·lax·is

(sī'kō-prō'fi-lak'sis),
Psychotherapy directed toward the prevention of emotional disorders and the maintenance of mental health.
[psycho- + prophylaxis]

psychoprophylaxis

[-prō′filak′sis]
a type of psychotherapy that is directed to prevention of emotional disorders. For example, it is used in the preparation for childbirth to reduce a woman's anxiety about pain and birth of a normal child.

psychoprophylaxis

(si?ko-pro?fi-lak'sis) [ psych- + prophylaxis]
In obstetrics, a method of mental and physical preparation for natural childbirth.
See: natural childbirth; Lamaze method
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American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics/Lamaze
She has been in association management since 1980, serving in executive capacities for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, American College of Health Care Administrators, and the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics/LAMAZE.
The International Childbirth Education Association and the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (ASPO-Lamaze) both proposed that childbearing women take more responsibility for their births in response, among other things, to revelations about cruelty in the maternity wards (Edwards and Waldorf, 1984).