Mind in Labor: Effects of mind/body training on childbirth appraisals and pain medication use during labor

An abstract for Larissa Duncan, Michael Cohn, Maria Chao, Joseph Cook, Jane Riccobono, and Nancy Bardacke’s randomized controlled trial, testing the impact of Mind in Labor (MIL) weekend intensive workshops, is now available in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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Results: After receiving the intervention, MIL participants showed increased childbirth self-efficacy (p=.04) and a trend towards lower pain catastrophizing compared to controls. Epidural anesthesia rates were comparable across conditions, but fewer MIL participants used systemic opioid analgesia during labor (Fisher’s exact test p=.119).  MIL participants had significantly lower depression symptoms post-course than controls; the difference grew in magnitude postpartum; (p=.04).”

 

Duncan, L., Cohn, M., Chao, M., Cook, J., Riccobono, J., & Bardacke, N.  (2014).  Mind in Labor: Effects of mind/body training on childbirth appraisals and pain medication use during labor.  The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(5), A17.

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