Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/23183
Type: Journal article
Title: Antenatal self-hypnosis for labour and childbirth: A pilot study
Author: Cyna, A.
Andrew, M.
McAuliffe, G.
Citation: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 2006; 34(4):464-469
Publisher: Australian Soc Anaesthetists
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0310-057X
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A. M. Cyna, M. I. Andrew, G. L. McAuliffe
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.
Keywords: hypnosis; self-hypnosis; communication; pregnancy; childbirth; labour analgesia
Description: Publisher's copy made available with the permission of the publisher © Australian Society of Anaesthetists
RMID: 0020061242
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