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Rebirthing therapy banned after girl died in 70 minute struggle

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7293.1014/e (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1014
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Rebirthing therapy, a controversial treatment for reactive detachment disorder, has been banned in the US state of Colorado one year after it resulted in the death of a 10 year old girl.

    Candace Newmaker died during a 70 minute session in which she was wrapped from head to toe and surrounded by pillows. Despite the girl's cries that she was suffocating, the therapists continued to push her in an attempt to simulate uterine contractions. The episode had been videotaped and was used in court against the therapists, who were convicted of reckless child abuse resulting in death and …

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