Self-hypnosis for intrapartum pain management (SHIP) in pregnant nulliparous women: A randomised controlled trial of clinical effectiveness
Authors: Ireland, J.
Journal: Practising Midwife
Research unwrapped is a popular series to help readers make sense of published research by undertaking a detailed appraisal of an article in a careful and considered manner. In doing so we can advance our knowledge and understanding of a research topic and apply it to our practice. The research being discussed here is the SHIP trial (Self-hypnosis for intrapartum pain management): a randomised controlled trial. This is a timely study, given the rise in interest of hypnosis in childbirth. I will discuss the general topic of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and its relevance to midwives in terms of professional responsibility before discussing the trial. CAM has been defined as: "diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention which complements mainstream medicine by contributing to a common whole, satisfying a demand not met by orthodoxy, or diversifying the conceptual frameworks of medicine".