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Aromatherapy and massage intrapartum service impact on use of analgesia and anesthesia in women in labor: A retrospective case note analysis

Dhany, Asha Louise; Dhany, Asha; Mitchell, Theresa; Foy, Chris

Authors

Asha Louise Dhany

Asha Dhany

Theresa Mitchell

Chris Foy



Abstract

Background: Over the past decade, interest in complementary therapies and alternative medicine has escalated among midwives and the general public in response to increased demand from expectant mothers for more choice, control, and continuity in labor. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore if an aromatherapy and massage intrapartum service (AMIS) reduced the need for analgesia during labor. This article reports results related to the effects of an AMIS on type of analgesia chosen by women in labor, and on rates of anesthesia-one aspect of the full study. Setting/location: The study was conducted in a general maternity unit in southwest England, UK. Design: A quantitative research approach was taken, whereby contemporaneously completed service evaluation forms of 1079 women (601 nulliparous women and 478 multiparous women; AMIS group) were retrospectively analyzed in comparison with the birth records of an equal number of similar women (comparison group). Data analysis was achieved by entering data from the forms and comparison sample into an SPSS package and running statistical tests. Results: In the AMIS group, overall analgesia usage was higher for transcutaneous electrical stimulation at 34%, compared with 15.9% (p

Citation

Dhany, A. L., Dhany, A., Mitchell, T., & Foy, C. (2012). Aromatherapy and massage intrapartum service impact on use of analgesia and anesthesia in women in labor: A retrospective case note analysis. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18(10), 932-938. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2011.0254

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2012
Journal Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Print ISSN 1075-5535
Electronic ISSN 1557-7708
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 10
Pages 932-938
DOI https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2011.0254
Keywords women in labour, aromatherapy, massage, case note analysis
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/942953
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/acm.2011.0254
Additional Information Additional Information : This is a copy of an article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine © [2012] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

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