ERIC Number: ED186965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
General Semantics in the Labor Room.
This paper provides a review of some basic general semantic principles and then applies them to the area of prenatal classes and labor room practices. It first presents an overview of the principle that language is not a neutral factor in human perceptions but an active, reactive force. Next, it looks at the relationship between language and situations of stress, especially the unique stress of childbirth. It then discusses the major schools of childbirth education and examines their educational programs in terms of their application of language principles. This examination identifies the fear-tension-pain syndrome as a strong part of the foundation of childbirth education and points out three close relationships between childbirth education instruction and general semantics techniques: (1) indexing, which calls for the realization that every person or object is different at each different point in history; (2) the use of semantic relaxation to reduce tension; and (3) the use of positively associated words. The paper concludes that all three of these areas appear in the practice of childbirth education techniques of psychoprophylaxis and natural childbirth. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 1980).