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Effects of Relaxation and Guided Imagery Training on Pain at Childbirth

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2009 by Hadassah Medical Organization.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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Hadassah Medical Organization Identifier:
First received: June 8, 2009
Last updated: June 9, 2009
Last verified: June 2009
The purpose of this study is to determine whether relaxation and guided imagery techniques are effective in reducing childbirth pain.

Condition Intervention
Pain at Childbirth
Behavioral: relaxation (breathing and muscles) and guided imagery ("safe place")

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Effects of Relaxation and Guided Imagery Training on Rate and Time of Receiving Regional Anesthesia (Epidural), and on the Experience of Childbirth

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Further study details as provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • rating of pain experienced during childbirth on pain VAS [ Time Frame: one time - during hospitalization after childbirth ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • rate and the starting time of receiving regional anesthesia (epidural) [ Time Frame: at childbirth ]

Estimated Enrollment: 110
Study Start Date: August 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: intervention
55 third trimester women will receive a CD of relaxation and guided imagery (of "safe place"), to practice daily at home until childbirth
Behavioral: relaxation (breathing and muscles) and guided imagery ("safe place")
intervention group: daily practice of relaxation and guided imagery CD, for a rew weeks, until childbirth.
No Intervention: control
55 third trimester women who does not receive the relaxation and guided imagery CD.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • women who carry their first child
  • women that carry only one embryo
  • women who speaks hebrew

Exclusion Criteria:

  • women who experienced complications in pregnancy.
  • women who planning on having an elective Caesarean section.
  • women who suffer from background systematic condition (such as high-BP, diabetes).
  • women who have psychiatric background.
  • women who take chronic medication that might effect childbirth, woman or baby's health.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00917332

Contact: efrat esterkin, MA

Hadassah Ein-Kerem Haspitol Not yet recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel
Contact: efrat esterkin, MA   
Sub-Investigator: efrat esterkin, MA         
Principal Investigator: david mankuta, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hadassah Medical Organization
Principal Investigator: david mankuta, MD hadassah ein-kerem - obstetrics and gynecology
  More Information

Responsible Party: david mankuta MD, hadassah ein-kerem - obstetrics and gynecology Identifier: NCT00917332     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0256-09-HMO
Study First Received: June 8, 2009
Last Updated: June 9, 2009

Keywords provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:
guided imagery
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