Haptotherapy as a new intervention for treating fear of childbirth: A randomized controlled trial

G.A. Klabbers, Klaas Wijma, K. Marieke Paarlberg, W.H.M. Emons, A.J.J.M. Vingerhoets

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Objective:
To evaluate the effect of haptotherapy on severe fear of childbirth in pregnantwomen.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(N¼134).
Methods:
Haptotherapy, psycho-education via Internet and care as usual were randomlyassigned at 20–24 weeks of gestation and the effects were compared at 36 weeks of gestationand 6 weeks and 6 months postpartum. Repeated measurements ANOVA were carried out onthe basis of intention to treat. Since there were crossovers from psycho-education via Internetand care as usual to haptotherapy, the analysis was repeated according to the as treatedprinciple.
Main outcome measures:
Fear of childbirth score at the Wijma Delivery Expectancy/ExperienceQuestionnaire.Results: In the intention to treat analysis, only the haptotherapy group showed a significantdecrease of fear of childbirth, F(2,99)¼3.321, p¼.040. In the as treated analysis, the haptotherapygroup showed a greater reduction in fear of childbirth than the other two groups,F(3,83)¼6.717, p<.001.
Conclusion:
Haptotherapy appears to be more effective in reducing fear of childbirth than psycho-education via Internet and care as usual.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-10
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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StateE-pub ahead of print - 2018

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Haptotherapy as a new intervention for treating fear of childbirth : A randomized controlled trial. / Klabbers, G.A.; Wijma, Klaas; Paarlberg, K. Marieke; Emons, W.H.M.; Vingerhoets, A.J.J.M.

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