Danish Women's Experiences of the Rebozo Technique During Labour: A Qualitative Explorative Study

Sex Reprod Healthc. 2017 Mar;11:79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.10.005. Epub 2016 Oct 31.


Objective: The study aimed to explore women's experiences of the rebozo technique during labour.

Methods: This was a qualitative study based on individual telephone interviews, analysed by means of qualitative content analysis and inspired by interpretive description. 17 participants were recruited from two different-sized Danish hospitals and identified by applying a purposeful sample strategy.

Results: The main theme expressed the women's overall experience with the rebozo: "Joined movements in a harmless effort towards a natural birth". The women experienced that the technique created bodily sensations, which reduced their pain, and furthermore they expressed that it interrelated the labour process and produced mutual involvement and psychological support from the midwife and the women's partner. The rebozo technique was in most situations carried out because the midwife suspected a foetus malposition.

Conclusion: The experiences of the rebozo technique were overall positive and both of a physical and psychological nature. The results indicate that health professionals should view rebozo as an easy accessible clinical tool with high user acceptance and possible positive psychological and clinical implications. The study contributes with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of a topic where only limited knowledge exists, however, efficacy studies are warranted.

Keywords: Childbirth; Midwife; Nonpharmacological; Pain management; Qualitative; Rebozo.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Denmark
  • Female
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Labor Pain / psychology
  • Labor Pain / therapy*
  • Labor Presentation
  • Labor, Obstetric* / psychology
  • Midwifery / methods*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Pregnancy
  • Qualitative Research