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Research Studies on Hypnobirthing

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There has been much research over the years on the benefits of hypnosis and hypnotherapy techniques for pain control and especially it's support in Pregnancy and labour. Here are just a few examples of some of the studies: ~

1. Wales:
Dr Mary W Jenkins & Dr M.H. Pritchard, "Hypnosis: Practical Applications & Theoretical Considerations in Normal Labour", British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, March 1993, Vol 100 pp 221-226.
A five year study, based on data recorded in the labour ward, comparing 252 women who'd each had a series of 6 Hypnotherapy sessions, with a control group of 300, same age to within 2 years. Only normal deliveries were included in the control group. The findings were:

Average length of first stage of labour for first time new mums-to-be was 6.4 hours after hypnosis, compared to 9.3 hours in the control group.

Women who had previous births were 5.3 hours, compared to 6.2 hours.

Pain relief: first baby:  50%+ of control group had more than 100g of pethidine, compared with less than 10% of hypnosis group.

Pain relief (more than 100g of pethidine) for experienced mums: nearly 60% for control group, compared with 33% in hypnosis group.

2. Toronto:
A city-wide retrospective survey. Self-referred first-time mothers, low risk, who had four 2.5 hour hypnosis sessions, were compared to similiar controls, with variations per hospital noted for controls.

Epidural rates: 40-95% (depending on hospital), compared to 18% for hypnosis group

Caesarean rates: 20-25%, compared to 6.7% for hypnosis group

Average length of labour for non-hypnosis women having their first baby was 12 hours, compared with 5.5 hours for hypnosis group

3. Florida:
A.A.Martin, P.G. Schauble, The Effects of Hypnosis on the Labour Process and Birth Outcomes of Pregnant Adolescents, The journal of Family Practice, May 2001, Vol.50, No.5.
In this Florida-based study, 47 pregnant teenagers were randomly assigned either to supportive counselling or to hypnosis. They received four 1 hour sessions at 2 week intervals. No hypnotherapist was present during labour and results were entered by unaware obstetrics staff.

Medical Intervention (including induction, forceps, ventouse & caesarean): 60% of control group (12 of the 20), compared to none of the hypnosis group of 22 patients.

Hospital stay of 2+ days: 40% (8) of the control group, compared with 4.5% (1) of the hypnosis group.

 Overall Research Shows that Hypnosis can help to: ~

Reduce fear, tension & pain

Increase ability to relax mentally & physically

Reduce need for pain medication

Help shorten labour

Reduce incidence of surgical interventions

Promotes higher Apgar baby well-being score

Shortens hospital stay

Reduced post-natal depression

Promotes lactation

 

                                                                Pregnancy and son



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