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Helping children with Asthma by repairing bonding disruptions


I have recently become trained in the use of brief hypnosis with mothers (3-7 sessions) as a way of helping their young children with asthma. This work involves repairing early traumas of bonding disruptions that may have occurred prior to or during pregnancy, or early in their children's lives, and then allowing the unconscious to imagine what it would have been like if everything had gone perfectly.

A new approach for helping asthma

In a number of articles and small research studies (1991; 2000; 2000; 2001; 2004; 2005; in press), psychologist Tony Madrid describes his finding that 80 to 84% of children with asthma have experienced a bonding disruption in early life, in contrast to 20 to 24% of children without asthma. These studies have also shown that many of these children respond immediately, with a reduction or elimination of asthma symptoms, when the mother experiences a repair of the early bonding interruptions through hypnosis.

Help in reducing asthma symptoms appears to be especially effective in young children (9 and under). Although the reason for this response remains unclear, Dr. Madrid's ongoing research and clinical work continues to show reproducible results.


Elizabeth's story - a mother describes her experience of bonding therapy with Dr. Madrid

excerpt from Maternal-Infant Bonding Therapy: for Childhood Asthma? in Mothering Magazine, March 24, 2009, by Elizabeth West.

"I have to admit that when I first heard about Maternal Infant Bonding (MIB) therapy for pediatric asthma, my expectations were modest at best.

We'd tried a number of different approaches for controlling our daughter's asthma, but nothing helped much...The inhalers her doctor prescribed did keep us from frantic trips to the emergency room ...[but] she was still up many times every night, coughing and tossing and turning, struggling to find a position that allowed her to breathe more easily...

I had no concerns about my bond with Cybele. We were as close as could be, and I couldn't imagine loving her more. I didn't understand why the process might work on asthma, but after talking with Dr. Madrid on the phone, I realized we had nothing to lose...more

For additional information on Dr. Madrid's work:

Website on the treatment of asthma and current research: Asthma Busters

Article on Maternal Infant Bonding and Asthma, by Madrid A, Pennington D. in Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 2000;14(3-4):279-289

Research Study with case examples Improving Asthma Symptoms in Children by Repairing the Maternal-Infant Bond, by Madrid AH, Ames R, Horner D, Brown G, Navarrette L. in the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 2004;18:221-231.

Other research studies and publications by Dr. Madrid et al:
Madrid A. Maternal-infant bonding and pediatric asthma: an initial investigation. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health 1991;5(4):346-358.

Madrid A. Asthma and maternal infant bonding failures, 2001, November.

Madrid A. Helping children with asthma by repairing maternal-infant bonding problems. Am J Clin Hypn 2005;48(2-3):199-211.

Madrid A. Repairing maternal-infant bonding failures. A book on EMDR and Family Systems, in press.

Madrid A, Ames R, Skolek S, Brown G. Does maternal-infant bonding therapy improve breathing in asthmatic children? Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health 2000;15(2):90-117.

Madrid A, Skolek S, Ames R. Asthmatic children, bonding, and hypnosis. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis in press.










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