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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012 Feb;18(1):60-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.08.008. Epub 2011 Sep 7.

Impact of self-administered relaxation and guided imagery techniques during final trimester and birth.

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Medical Department, Section for Gastroenterology, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, 0027 Oslo, Norway.


The objective of this study was to test if and how self-administered practice of relaxation techniques, positive affirmation and guided imagery, in the final part of pregnancy had an impact on giving birth. Further to see if the use of a simple method, a CD with a booklet, with no previous training or specific support of the participants (neither required nor delivered), affected the birth experience. Outcome measures were monitored both during and after delivery: During delivery, pain and anxiety were measured at different stages of birth. Post-delivery Wellbeing (Edmonton Scale 0-10, where 10 is the worst possible feeling of Wellbeing), pain, anxiety, Apgar score, duration of birth, complications and anesthesia/analgesic were recorded. Those in the CD-intervention group also reported how many times they had practiced the techniques. The study employed a randomized controlled trial. Results show that the CD-intervention group had a significantly better score on total Wellbeing, as measured by the ESAS (0-10) Edmonton Scale.

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