Haptotherapy as a new intervention for treating fear of childbirth: a randomized controlled trial

Gert A. Klabbers, Klaas Wijma, K. Marieke Paarlberg, Wilco H. M. Emons & Ad J. J. M. Vingerhoets (2019) Haptotherapy as a new intervention for treating fear of childbirth: a randomized controlled trial, Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 40:1, 38-47, DOI: 10.1080/0167482X.2017.1398230

Results

In the intention to treat analysis, only the haptotherapy group showed a significant decrease of fear of childbirth (…). In the as treated analysis, the haptotherapy group showed a greater reduction in fear of childbirth than the other two groups (…).

Conclusion

Haptotherapy appears to be more effective in reducing fear of childbirth than psycho-education via Internet and care as usual.