Treatment strategies for anxiety, stress, and developmental conflict during reproduction

Regina P. Lederman

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In the preceding article, 1I reviewed the literature and analyzed psychophysi- ological and psychosocial foundations of reproductive health outcomes. In this article, I focus on treatment strategies and considerations for policy formation pertaining to the care of women, children, and families during reproduction. I discuss (a) cognitive and behavioral strategies for decreasing anxiety and promoting relaxation during gestation and parturition; (b) educational and other activities to prepare women for the childbirth event and alternatives to current practice; (c) methods of providing support and enhancing the mother's capacity for coping with events occurring during labor and delivery; and (d) current national and international programs and pilot projects that have effectively promoted health and adaptation to pregnancy and have reduced the occurrence of reproductive complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalBehavioral Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Family functioning
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Low birthweight
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Prenatal anxiety
  • Social support
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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