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The Application of Hypnosis in Obstetrics.

PMID: 34323237 (view PubMed database entry)
DOI: 10.1097/grf.0000000000000635 (read at publisher's website )

Shilpa Babbar, Alejandro J Oyarzabal,

Hypnosis, the induction of a naturally relaxed state of mind and body, is most commonly practiced by pregnant women in preparation for the childbirth experience. A literature review was performed to assess the effects of hypnosis before, during and after pregnancy. The majority of data is extracted from case series and low-quality studies thereby limiting the acceptability of hypnosis for various pregnancy related conditions. A few well-designed studies show that self-hypnosis may be beneficial for mitigating labor pain and fear of childbirth. Women can safely pursue hypnotherapy during pregnancy; however, high quality trials are needed to demonstrate its complete efficacy.

Clin Obstet Gynecol (Clinical obstetrics and gynecology)
[2021, 64(3):635-647]

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