Antenatal self-hypnosis for labour and childbirth: a pilot study
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Antenatal self-hypnosis for labour and childbirth
Abstract: 

In our institution we have used antenatal training in self-hypnosis for over three years as a tool to provide relaxation, anxiolysis and analgesia for women in labour. To assess the effects of hypnotherapy, we prospectively collected data related to the use of hypnosis in preparation for childbirth, and compared the birth outcomes of women experiencing antenatal hypnosis with parity and gestational age matched controls. METHODS: Prospective data about women taught self-hypnosis in preparation for childbirth were collected between August 2002 and August 2004. Birth outcome data of women using hypnosis were compared with routinely collected retrospective data from parity and gestational age matched women delivering after 37 weeks gestation during 2003. RESULTS: Seventy-seven antenatal women consecutively taught self-hypnosis in preparation for childbirth were compared with 3,249 parity and gestational age matched controls. Of the women taught antenatal self-hypnosis, nulliparous parturients used fewer epidurals: 36% (18/50) compared with 53% (765/1436) of controls (RR 0.68 [95%CI 0.47-0.98]); and required less augmentation: 18% (9/50) vs 36% (523/1436) (RR 0.48 [95%CI 0.27-0.90]). CONCLUSIONS: Our clinical findings are consistent with recent meta-analyses showing beneficial outcomes associated with the use of hypnosis in childbirth. Adequately powered, randomized trials are required to further elucidate the effects of hypnosis preparation for childbirth.

Author(s): 
Cyna, A. M.
Andrew, M. I.
McAuliffe, G. L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Journal Abbreviation: 
Anaesth Intensive Care
Publication Date: 
8/6/2015
Publication Year: 
2006
Pages: 
464-469
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
4
ISSN: 
0310-057X
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 16913343

Turabian/Chicago Citation

A. M. Cyna, M. I. Andrew and G. L. McAuliffe. 8/6/2015. "Antenatal self-hypnosis for labour and childbirth: a pilot study." Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 34: 4: 464-469.

Wikipedia Citation

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