Clinical Studies

Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour. British Medical Journal Open (2016).

“The Complementary Therapies for Labour and Birth study protocol significantly reduced epidural use and caesarean section. This study provides evidence for integrative medicine as an effective adjunct to antenatal education, and contributes to the body of best practice evidence”.
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The effects of hypnosis on the labor processes and birth outcomes of pregnant adolescents. Journal of Family Practice (2001).

Our study provides support for the use of hypnosis to aid in preparation of obstetric patients for labor and delivery. The reduction of complications, surgery, and hospital stay show direct medical benefit to mother and child and suggest the potential for a corresponding cost-saving benefit”.
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The effect of hypnosis on pain relief during labor and childbirth in Iranian pregnant women. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (2009).

“Women described their feelings about hypnosis during labor as: a sense of relief and consolation, self-confidence, satisfaction, lack of suffering labor pain, changing the feeling of pain into one of pressure, a decrease in fear of natural childbirth, lack of tiredness, and lack of anxiety”.
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Hypnosis for pain relief in labour and childbirth: a systematic review. British Journal of Anaesthesia (2004).

“In view of widespread claims of efficacy, we examined the evidence regarding the effects of hypnosis for pain relief during childbirth”.
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Hypnosis Antenatal Training for Childbirth (HATCh): a randomised controlled trial. BioMed Central – Pregnancy & Childbirth (2006).

“Although medical interventions play an important role in preserving lives and maternal comfort they have become increasingly routine in normal childbirth. This may increase the risk of associated complications and a less satisfactory birth experience. Antenatal hypnosis is associated with a reduced need for pharmacological interventions during childbirth. This trial seeks to determine the efficacy or otherwise of antenatal group hypnosis preparation for childbirth in late pregnancy”.
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Hypnosis to facilitate uncomplicated birth. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (2004).

“Women receiving prenatal hypnosis had significantly better outcomes than women who did not. Further assessment suggested that hypnosis worked by preventing negative emotional factors from leading to an complicated birth outcome”.
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Antenatal self-hypnosis for labour and childbirth: a pilot study. Journal Anaesthesia Intensive Care (2006).

“Our clinical findings are consistent with recent meta-analyses showing beneficial outcomes associated with the use of hypnosis in childbirth”.
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