Evidence-Based Clinical Hypnosis for Obstetrics, Labor and Delivery, and Preterm Labor

Private Practice, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Impact Factor: 1.38). 08/2007; 55(3):355-71. DOI: 10.1080/00207140701338654
Source: PubMed


This paper reviews the benefits and effectiveness of hypnosis in obstetrics and labor and delivery, demonstrating significant reductions in the use of analgesics and anesthesia and in shorter Stages 1 and 2 labors. It presents empirical and theoretical rationales for use of hypnosis in preterm labor (PTL) and labor and delivery at term. The benefits of hypnosis in relation to labor length, pain levels, and the enjoyment of labor, as well as its effectiveness in preterm labor are noted in randomized controlled trials and in a meta-analysis. Risk factors are reported for preterm delivery; hypnosis significantly prolongs pregnancy. Six cases are presented of hypnosis stopping PTL a number of times and when indicated at term. A case report of successful use of hypnosis in quadruplets is presented with some scripts. Suggestions are made for further research.

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