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Haptotherapy as a new intervention for treating fear of childbirth: a randomized controlled trial
Tilburg Univ, Netherlands.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Children's and Women's health. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Gelre Hosp, Netherlands.
Tilburg Univ, Netherlands.
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0167-482X, E-ISSN 1743-8942, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 38-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To evaluate the effect of haptotherapy on severe fear of childbirth in pregnant women.Design: Randomized controlled trial.Setting: Community midwifery practices and a teaching hospital in the Netherlands.Population or Sample: Primi- and multigravida, suffering from severe fear of childbirth (N=134).Methods: Haptotherapy, psycho-education via Internet and care as usual were randomly assigned at 20-24weeks of gestation and the effects were compared at 36weeks of gestation and 6weeks and 6months postpartum. Repeated measurements ANOVA were carried out on the basis of intention to treat. Since there were crossovers from psycho-education via Internet and care as usual to haptotherapy, the analysis was repeated according to the as treated principle.Main outcome measures: Fear of childbirth score at the Wijma Delivery Expectancy/Experience Questionnaire.Results: In the intention to treat analysis, only the haptotherapy group showed a significant decrease of fear of childbirth, F(2,99)=3.321, p=.040. In the as treated analysis, the haptotherapy group showed a greater reduction in fear of childbirth than the other two groups, F(3,83)=6.717, pamp;lt;.001.Conclusion: Haptotherapy appears to be more effective in reducing fear of childbirth than psycho-education via Internet and care as usual.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019. Vol. 40, no 1, p. 38-47
Keywords [en]
Pregnant women; fear of childbirth; haptotherapy; treatment; birth
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156110DOI: 10.1080/0167482X.2017.1398230ISI: 000461775900005PubMedID: 29157055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156110DiVA, id: diva2:1302127
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Funding Agencies|Dutch Association of Haptotherapists (Dutch: Vereniging van Haptotherapeuten); Dutch Working Group on Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Dutch: Werkgroep Psychosomatische Obstetrie en Gynaecologie)

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