CLINICAL EVIDENCE

Reduction in Length of Labour

A reduction was found in the length of active labour of 3hrs for first time labour (from 9.3hrs to 6.4hrs) and a reduction of 1hr for multi gravid woman (from 6.2hrs to 5.3hrs) Pushing was shorter for first time mothers from 50min to 37min. The women also reported reduced anxiety and help with getting to sleep. (Jenkins and Pritchard, 1993)

Hypnosis for Childbirth clients (first time mothers) had an average of 4.5hrs of active labour compared to the usual 9hrs (Harmon, Hynan and Tyne, 1990)

Reduction of Anxiety 

In a study of 680 women, the women in the hypnosis group had lower anticipated levels of fear and anxiety between baseline and 2 weeks postnatal (Downe, 2015)

Reducing Incidence of Premature Labour

A study examining how hypnosis can help in reducing preterm labour for patients with higher levels of psychosocial stress, found there were 3 preterm deliveries in the hypnosis group and in the control group there were 220 preterm deliveries. (Preterm before 37 weeks) (Reinhard, Hatzmann & Schiermeirer, 2009)

A study of 39 women who were hospitalized for premature contractions, were given hypnosis for relaxation on a daily basis along with medication, the control group of 70 received medication alone. The rate of pregnancy prolongation was significantly higher for the group who were given hypnosis for relaxation. (Omer & Friedlander, 1986)

Reduce the Need for Medication

A meta-analysis compiled of data from 14 studies that included more than 1400 women, showed that hypnosis reduced the need for medication and increased the number of spontaneous vaginal births. Women taught self-hypnosis had decreased need for pharmacological analgesia and were more satisfied with their pain management in labour. (Smith, Collins, Cyna & Crowther, 2006)

In a British study 55% of 45 patients (hypnosis group) required no medication for pain relief, in the non-hypnosis group only 22% of 90 women required no medication. Two research pieces reported on 1000 births, 850 women used hypnosis resulting in 58% rate of no medication. (Harmon and Tyne, 1990)

Rates of Intervention

38 out of 45 Hypnosis for Childbirth mums delivered naturally without the use of caesarean, forceps or venteuse. This is 84% higher than average rate of normal birth for the general population of first time mothers. (Harmon, Hynan and Tyne, 1990)

520 pregnant women received either prenatal hypnosis or attention-only. The goal was to reduce stress, identify any specific fears and address them and to prepare the women for the experience of labour. The women who received the prenatal hypnosis had significantly better outcomes than the women who did not. Further assessment suggested that hypnosis helped to prevent negative emotional factors from leading to a complicated birth outcome. 

Extended Effects of Anxiety on Children

Children whose mothers experienced a significant level of stress during pregnancy have a greater vulnerability to psychological problems according to a study at the University of Bristol. Analysis of the stress hormone levels (cortisol) has provided evidence that prenatal anxiety may affect the baby in the womb in a way that carries long term implications. (O'Connor, 2005)

Using Hypnosis to Turn a Foetus in Breech Position

100 pregnant women whose foetuses were in breech position at 37-40 weeks used hypnosis to try to turn their baby. 81% of the breech babies were successfully turned to a vertex position compared to only 48% in the control group of 100 women. (Mehl, 1994)

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