Birthing outcomes from an Australian HypnoBirthing programme

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1. Birthing outcomes from an Australian HypnoBirthing programme


Background and aim: HypnoBirthing, which is steadily increasing in popularity both inĀ Australia and overseas, is a set programme consisting of 10-12 hours of instruction for couples approaching the later stages of pregnancy and birth.


A survey was carried out to investigate how Australian p articipants attending the HypnoBirthing programme between 2007 and 2010 compared to other studies where hypnosis was used for childbirth.


Results: The average length for both stages of labour was shorter in the HypnoBirthing group compared to general population figures. Caesarean section rates were lower, as was the use of gas and epidurals. Of the 81 participants, 46 (51%) did not use any pain medication at all and the overall discomfort level for labour and birth was 5.8 out of 10 with 32% of the participants scoring under 5.8, including two participants who recorded zero discomfort.


Conclusion: Women attending the HypnoBirthing programme demonstrated similar results to those found in other research in hypnosis for childbirth. However, the findings also demonstrated some added benefits of HypnoBirthing.


The majority of women reported feeling more confident, relaxed, less fearful, focused, and more in control.


They also commented on the ease and comfort of labour and birth and the satisfaction of having their partners involved and supportive. (44 references) ://

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