Hypnotherapy for labor and birth.

Author: Beebe KR.
Conference/Journal: Nurs Womens Health.
Date published: 2014 Feb
Other: Volume ID: 18 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 48-59 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1111/1751-486X.12093 , Word Count: 107

Hypnotherapy is an integrative mind-body technique with therapeutic potential in various health care applications, including labor and birth. Evaluating the efficacy of this modality in controlled studies can be difficult, because of methodologic challenges, such as obtaining adequate sample sizes and standardizing experimental conditions. Women using hypnosis techniques for childbirth in hospital settings may face barriers related to caregiver resistance or institutional policies. The potential anxiolytic and analgesic effects of clinical hypnosis for childbirth merit further study. Nurses caring for women during labor and birth can increase their knowledge and skills with strategies for supporting hypnotherapeutic techniques.
© 2014 AWHONN.
HypnoBirthing, childbirth, hypnosis, hypnotherapy, intrapartum nursing care

PMID: 24548496