Hypnosis for Childbirth Research

Hypnosis for Childbirth Research

(Last Updated On: December 13, 2019)
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Hypnosis for Childbirth and a Reduction in Labour

This study looked at mothers who used Hypnosis for Childbirth. There was a reduction of 3 hours for first time mothers, from 9.3 hours to 6.4 hours. For previous birth women, from 6.2 hours to 5.3 hours  during active labour. Pushing was statistically shorter for first time mothers, from 50 min to 37 min. These women were more satisfied with labour.  They also reported other benefits of hypnosis for childbirth such as reduced anxiety and help with getting to sleep.

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.

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

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

Zimmer, Peretz, Eyal & Fuchs, 1988.

Hypnosis for Childbirth & Reduced Medication


Two research pieces reported on 1,000 consecutive births. 850 women used hypnotic analgesia resulting in 58 percent rate of no medication. Five other research pieces reported an incidence of 60 to 79 percent non-medicated births.

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.

Rates Intervention with Hypnosis for Childbirth

In this randomized control trial of 42 teenagers, none of the 22 patients in the hypnosis group experienced surgical intervention.  This compared with 12 of the 20 patients in the control group. This was despite 12 patients in the hypnosis group experiencing complications compared with 17 in the control group.

This study of 60 women reported more spontaneous deliveries, higher Agpar scores and reduced medication . Of the 45 Hypnosis for Childbirth clients, 38 delivered without the use of caesarean, forceps or vacuum, a rate of spontaneous birth of 84%. This is a higher than average rate of normal birth for the general population of first time mothers.

Harmon, Hynan and Tyre.

Hypnosis used for turning 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.

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

Read more here.

Postpartum Depression

When five 30-minute hypnosis sessions were delivered to 600 women there was a virtual absence of postpartum depression. This compared to the typical rates of 10 to 15 percent. Women with a history of postpartum depression did not develop this condition, even though 50 percent eventually do. (Harmon, Hynan and Tyre,1990).

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