University of Wolverhampton, UK
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Psychiatry
Primary Objective: This research aims to explain the impact of HypnoBirthing on mother’s self-efficacy in a labor and beyond, to understand whether the program may be of use in improving maternal well-being. Design: The research uses a qualitative perspective with the use of semi-structured interviews. Method: Initially six participants will be recruited though HypnoBirthing groups. The research will then employ theoretical sampling to recruit further participants, as consistent with the Grounded Theory approach employed for data analysis. Implications: To the author’s knowledge the subjective experience of women who engage with hypnosis for labor, specially using the HypnoBirthing method has not been reviewed at depth and requires further formal investigation to elucidate the anecdotal information available. It is vital that more is understood about the protective factors women can draw upon to prevent or mediate a traumatic birth experience. An understanding of this should lead to a better understanding how women at risk of Post-Partum Post Traumatic Stress might be facilitated in protecting themselves against psychological trauma. This should also serve to protect and promote the emotional availability of postnatal mother’s to their children.
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