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Commentary on: Catsaros S, Wendland J. Hypnosis-based interventions during pregnancy and childbirth and their impact on women’s childbirth experience: a systematic review. Midwifery 2020;84:102666. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2020.102666.
Implications for practice and research
Hypnosis-based interventions improve pregnancy and childbirth experience and labour outcomes. Therefore, it can be the best option for use during pregnancy and childbirth.
Healthcare practitioners need to be aware of the use of hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis, as women may appear to be more relaxed despite being in active labour.
More research, including a long-term follow-up of a large cohort and more interventional studies with high-quality methodology are needed to confirm these findings.
Pain during labour and childbirth represents a complex interaction of multiple physiological and psychological factors.1 Hypnosis can be seen as ‘a waking state of awareness’, in which a person’s attention is …
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