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Women's health and midwifery
Hypnosis-based interventions can be effective to improve women’s childbirth experience
  1. Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi1,
  2. Fateme Hamidi2,
  3. Samaneh Nematzadeh2
  1. 1Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
  2. 2MSc Student in Midwifery Counselling, Student Research Committee, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Professor Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi, Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, IRAN, Sari 48175-866, Iran (the Islamic Republic of); z.hamzehgardeshi{at}mazums.ac.ir

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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.

Context

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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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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