Effects of Aromatherapy on Childbirth
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
Aromatherapy is a form of complementary medicine that uses scented materials known as essential oils for the purpose of affecting a person's health or mood. Although aromatherapy has been used in childbirth for centuries, there are no high-quality studies examining whether the treatment works.
We would like to see if aromatherapy affects a woman's experience of childbirth by lowering associated anxiety and pain. Consenting participants will be randomly allocated to one of these groups:
- Aromatherapy oils (e.g. clary sage, peppermint, lavender, frankincense)
- Non-essential oil (baby oil)
- Standard maternity care
We will gather primary data, e.g. if she's been in labour before and her awareness of complementary medicine. We will also conduct the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory with her, and provide her with the oil and swab if she is in groups 1 or 2 with instructions to keep the swab with the oil on it near to her. She can also put more oil on the swab as she requires.
Postnatally, data will be collected from her notes regarding pain relief used, duration of labour, augmentation of labour, and any other medical interventions of note. We will also complete the anxiety scale with her once more. Before her discharge we ask the mother for any comments regarding her experience of the labour. The results from all three cohorts will then be compared. There will also be opportunity for the midwife to make any comments regarding his/her perception of the participant's labour. Finally we will hold a focus group with midwives regarding the practicalities for implementation of aromatherapy in maternity care
|Parturition Natural Childbirth Labor Pain||Other: Aromatherapy oil Other: None essential oil||Phase 2|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Effects of Aromatherapy on Childbirth|
- Whether aromatherapy can lower levels of anxiety in women in labour [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
- Whether aromatherapy decreases analgesia use in women in labour [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
- Whether aromatherapy increases her perceived quality and satisfaction of women in labour [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||July 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Aromatherapy group 1
Participants will be given essential oil consisting of (Peppermint, Lavender, Clary Sage and Frankincense) together with a swab to put the oil on.
Other: Aromatherapy oil
Oil consists of Clary Sage, Peppermint, Lavender and Frankincense with drops of each mixed into a carrier oil.
Placebo Comparator: Control group 2
Participants receive a bottle of non essential oil and a swab.
Other: None essential oil
No Intervention: Control group 3
Standard maternity care to measure baseline.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01051726
|Contact: Dawn-Marie Walker, BSc MSc PhD||+44 (0)115 82 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kings Mill Hospital||Recruiting|
|Nottingham, United Kingdom|
|Contact: dr.dawn marie walker, msc phd 01158230511 email@example.com|
|Contact: dr.kahkashan noor, mbbs 01158230457 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: dr.dawn marie walker, msc phd|
|Principal Investigator:||Dawn-Marie Walker, BSc MSc PhD||University of Nottingham|