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Using Hypnosis for child birth

Using hypnosis for childbirth takes away the risks associated with analgesic and anaesthetic medication. Epidural analgesia has increased within the past 20 years and is now the most commonly used pain relief and is used by approximately 2 million women yearly for childbirth pain. (Lieberman & O’Donoghue, 2002).

A recent systematic review of the literature that examined the side effects of epidural analgesia found that epidural is “associated with lower rates of spontaneous vaginal delivery, a higher rate of instrumental vaginal delivery and longer labours…..but there is insufficient evidence to determine whether epidural does or does not tend to increase the risk of caesarean delivery….”( Lieberman & O’Donoghue).

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