Effects of Relaxation and Guided Imagery Training on Pain at Childbirth

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The purpose of this study is to determine whether relaxation and guided imagery techniques are effective in reducing childbirth pain.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care


Pain at Childbirth


relaxation (breathing and muscles) and guided imagery ("safe place")


Hadassah Ein-Kerem Haspitol


Not yet recruiting


Hadassah Medical Organization

Results (where available)

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

The use of mental images produced by the imagination as a form of psychotherapy. It can be classified by the modality of its content: visual, verbal, auditory, olfactory, tactile, gustatory, or kinesthetic. Common themes derive from nature imagery (e.g., forests and mountains), water imagery (e.g., brooks and oceans), travel imagery, etc. Imagery is used in the treatment of mental disorders and in helping patients cope with other diseases. Imagery often forms a part of HYPNOSIS, of AUTOGENIC TRAINING, of RELAXATION TECHNIQUES, and of BEHAVIOR THERAPY. (From Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, vol. 4, pp29-30, 1994)

Methods of PAIN relief that may be used with or in place of ANALGESICS.

A type of pain that is perceived in an area away from the site where the pain arises, such as facial pain caused by lesion of the VAGUS NERVE, or throat problem generating referred pain in the ear.

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Abnormal breathing through the mouth, usually associated with obstructive disorders of the nasal passages.

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