Effect of Hypnobirthing Training on Fear, Pain, Satisfaction Related to Birth, and Birth Outcomes: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Clin Nurs Res. 2022 Jun;31(5):918-930. doi: 10.1177/10547738211073394. Epub 2022 Jan 27.


We aimed to determine the effect of Hypnobirthing training on fear of childbirth (FOC), birth pain, birth satisfaction and birth outcomes. This randomized controlled trial study was conducted with 80 nulliparous pregnant who were divided into two groups (experimental group n = 40 and control n = 40) in a maternity hospital. The couples received the training in groups(4 weeks, once a week, 3-hour, group session). The mean score of hypnobirthing group for the whole Wijma Birth Expectancy/Experience Scale was significantly lower than that of the routine care group (p < .001).In the latent, active, and transitional phases of labor, the Visual Analog Scale (VAS)scores of the experimental groups were found to be significantly lower than those of the control group (p < .001).The experimental group's rates of birth intervention were significantly lower and their deliveries period were shorter, than those that of the routine control group (p < .001).In addition, the vaginal delivery rates (p = .037)and the scores for the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (BSS-R) were also found to be higher than those of the control group (p < .001).

Keywords: birth outcomes; fear of childbirth; hypnobirthing; labor pain; prenatal education.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Fear
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Labor, Obstetric*
  • Pain
  • Parturition
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Pregnancy