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An Investigation into Audiotaped Self-Hypnosis Training in Pregnancy and Labor

  • G. P. Davidson
  • N. D. Garbett
  • S. G. Tozer

Abstract

Fifty Primigravidae were approached by their obstetricians, and invited to participate in a study using self-hypnosis training in pregnancy and labor, as a relaxation and pain-relief technique. Their agreement was followed by random selection into experimental and control groups. The group was offered audiotaped self-hypnosis training for the six weeks prior to their expected dates of delivery. The control group proceeded in the usual manner. Both groups were interviewed post partum, by a worker whose voice was unknown to the subjects.

Hypotheses tested related to the expected differences in duration of labor, chemoanalgesia, and in the mother’s subjective experience of childbirth. These results, with intercorrelations among other variables, are discussed. Recommendations are made, that audio-taped self-hypnosis training represents a viable cost-effective adjunct in obstetric practice.

Keywords

Obstetric Practice Parturient Woman Trained Patient Hypnotic Analgesia Chemical Anoxia 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. Davidson
    • 1
  • N. D. Garbett
    • 2
  • S. G. Tozer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington Clinical School of Medicine of the University of OtagoWellington HospitalWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.New Zealand Force HospitalSingapore

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