Nov 30, 2012

Self-hypnosis for coping with labour pain: a randomised controlled trial

BJOG : an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
A WernerEllen A Nohr

Abstract

To estimate the use of epidural analgesia and experienced pain during childbirth after a short antenatal training course in self-hypnosis to ease childbirth. Randomised, controlled, single-blinded trial using a three-arm design. Aarhus University Hospital Skejby in Denmark during the period July 2009 until August 2011. A total of 1222 healthy nulliparous women. Use of epidural analgesia and self-reported pain during delivery was compared in three groups: a hypnosis group receiving three 1-hour lessons in self-hypnosis with additional audiorecordings to ease childbirth, a relaxation group receiving three 1-hour lessons in various relaxation methods and mindfulness with audiorecordings for additional training, and a usual care group receiving ordinary antenatal care only. Use of epidural analgesia. Secondary outcomes included self-reported pain. There were no between-group differences in use of epidural analgesia-31.2% (95% confidence interval [95% CI] 27.1-35.3) in the hypnosis group, 29.8% (95% CI 25.7-33.8) in the relaxation group and 30.0% (95% CI 24.0-36.0) in the control group. No statistically significant differences between the three groups were observed for any of the self-reported pain measures. In this large randomised...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Visual Analog Pain Scale
Analgesia, Epidural
Relaxation Techniques
Body Parts - Epidural
Childbirth
Prenatal Care
Absence of Pain Sensation
Birth
Spinal Epidural Space
Labor Pain

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