Hypnosis for Childbirth Research

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This study looked at mothers who used Hypnosis for Childbirth.

They found a 3 hour reduction of 3 hours for first time mothers Down from an average of 9.3 hours to 6.4 hours.

For previous birth women, it was found to be down from 6.2 hours to 5.3 hours during active labour.

The pushing stage was also shorter for first time mothers, down from 50 min to 37 min.

The women were happier with the labour process.  They also noted other advantages of hypnosis for childbirth such as help with getting to sleep and reduced anxiety.

Jenkins and Pritchard, 1993.


Another study found 100 women trained with hypnosis.  They experienced a 3.23 hour shorter first stage of labour compared to a control group of 88 women.

Abraham and Heron, Gallagher, 2001.


This study had 45 Hypnosis for Childbirth clients who were first time mothers.  They experienced an average of 4.5 hours for the active labour, a significant reduction compared to the usual 9 hours.

Harmon, Hynan and Tyre,1990.

Reduction of Anxiety with Hypnosis

This study looked at mothers who used hypnosis for anxiety and stress management.  They had fetuses who moved in a more active manner than a control group.

Zimmer, Peretz, Eyal & Fuchs, 1988.

Hypnosis for Childbirth & Reduced Medication

Two research articles analysed the birth experience of 1,000 consecutive women. Of the 850 women who had used hypnosis for chilldbirth 58% used no medication.

Five other research articles found an incidence of 60 to 79% using no medication.

Harmon, Hynan and Tyre,1990.


In this study 72 mothers, 36 of whom had received hypnotic training were compared to a control group of 36. In the hypnosis trained women only 38% received anaesthesia compared to 97% of the control group.  Overall only 5.5% received analgesia compared to 75% of the control group. 61% received no anaesthetic or premedication compared to 2.7% of the control group.

Bobart and Brown Study, 2002.

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Reduced Intervention with Hypnosis

In a randomised control trial with 42 teens in Florida, they found that of the 22 patients in the hypnosis group none needed experienced surgical intervention.

In the control group 12 of the 20 patients needed intervention.

This was despite 12 patients in the hypnosis group experiencing complications compared with 17 in the control group.

Martin, Schauble, Rai and Whit Curry.


This study of 60 women using hypnosis reported more spontaneous deliveries, higher Agpar scores and reduced medication.

Out of the 45 women who used Hypnosis for Childbirth, 38 women delivered without the use of  forceps, caesarean,  or vacuum. This was a higher than average rate of spontaneous birth at 84%.

Harmon, Hynan and Tyre.

Hypnosis Used for Breech Babies

A study at the University of Vermont.  This report showed that after hypnosis with 100 women whose babies were in the breech position, 81 of the 100 babies moved to the head-down position.  This compared to 48 of the controls.

Self Hypnosis for labour

The National Childbirth Trust has also published a research overview on self hypnosis for labour.


Hypnosis & Postpartum Depression

5 x 30-minute hypnosis sessions were delivered to a group of 600 women. They found a virtual absence of postpartum depression. The usual rate is 10 - 15%.

They also found that women with a previous history of postpartum depression did not develop it after the sessions, even though 50% normally do.

Harmon, Hynan and Tyre,1990.

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