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Hypnosis for pain management during labour and childbirth


Madden, K and Middleton, P and Cyna, AM and Matthewson, M and Jones, L, Hypnosis for pain management during labour and childbirth, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11 Article CD009356. ISSN 1469-493X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 The Cochrane Collection

DOI: doi:10.1002/14651858.CD009356.pub2


Background: This review is one in a series of Cochrane Reviews investigating pain management for childbirth. These reviews all contribute to an overview of systematic reviews of pain management for women in labour, and share a generic protocol. We examined the current evidence regarding the use of hypnosis for pain management during labour and childbirth. This review updates the findings regarding hypnosis from an earlier review of complementary and alternative therapies for pain management in labour into a stand-alone review.

Objectives: To examine the effectiveness and safety of hypnosis for pain management during labour and childbirth.

Search methods: We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Groupís Trials Register (11 January 2012) and the reference lists of primary studies and review articles.

Selection criteria: Randomised controlled trials and quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing preparation for labour using hypnosis and/or use of hypnosis during labour, with or without concurrent use of pharmacological or non-pharmacological pain reliefmethods versus placebo, no treatment or any analgesic drug or technique.

Data collection and analysis: Two assessors independently extracted data and assessed trial quality. Where possible we contacted study authors seeking additional information about data and methodology.

Main results: We included seven trials randomising a total of 1213 women. All but one of the trials were at moderate to high risk of bias. Although six of the seven trials assessed antenatal hypnotherapy, there were considerable differences between these trials in timing and technique. One trial provided hypnotherapy during labour. No significant differences between women in the hypnosis group and those in the control group were found for the primary outcomes: use of pharmacological pain relief (average risk ratio (RR) 0.63, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.39 to 1.01, six studies, 1032 women), spontaneous vaginal birth (average RR 1.35, 95% CI 0.93 to 1.96, four studies, 472 women) or satisfaction with pain relief (RR 1.06, 95% CI 0.94 to 1.20, one study, 264 women). There was significant statistical heterogeneity in the data for use of pharmacological pain relief and spontaneous vaginal birth. The primary outcome of sense of coping with labour was reported in two studies as showing no beneficial effect (no usable data available for this review).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pain management, hypnosis, childbirth
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Madden, K (Ms Kirsty Madden)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:80931
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2012-11-16
Last Modified:2013-09-05

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