Research: Hypnosis Benefits for Postpartum


Study Summaries


Faster Recovery
In a randomized control trial of 42 teenagers in Florida, only 1 patient in the hypnosis group had a hospital stay of more than two days compared with 8 patients in the control group (p=.008).

Postpartum Depression:
McCarthy provided five 30-minute sessions to 600 women and found a virtual absence of postpartum depression, compared to the typical rates of 10 to 15 percent. Women with a history of postpartum depression did not develop this condition, even though an estimated 50 percent eventually do.

In 1990 the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee an Waukesha Memorial Hospital found that hypnotically prepared births had lower incidents of post-partum depression.

Harmon et al also reported lower depression scores in the hypnotically treated group.