Effects of massage therapy and presence of attendant on pain, anxiety and satisfaction during labor

Abstract

Purpose  

To investigate the effects of massage and presenting an attendant on pain, anxiety and satisfaction during labor to clarify some aspects of using an alternative complementary strategy.

Methods  

120 primiparous women with term pregnancy were divided into massage, attendant and control groups randomly. Massage group received firm and rhythmic massage during labor in three phases. After 30 min massage at each stage, pain, anxiety and satisfaction levels were evaluated. Self-reported present pain intensity scale was used to measure the labor pain. Anxiety and satisfaction were measured with the standard visual analog scale.

Results  

Massage group had lower pain state in second and third phases (p < 0.05) in comparison with attendant group but reversely, the level of anxiety was lower in attendant group in second and third phases (p < 0.05) and satisfaction was higher in massage group in all four phases (p < 0.001). The massage group had lower pain and anxiety state in three phases in comparison with control group (p < 0.05). Data analysis of satisfaction level showed higher values in four phases in massage group compared with control (p < 0.001) and comparison of attendant and control groups showed higher satisfaction in attendant group in phases 2, 3 and 4 as well (p < 0.001). Duration of active phase was lower in massage group (p < 0.001).

Conclusions  

Findings suggest that massage is an effective alternative intervention, decreasing pain and anxiety during labor and increasing the level of satisfaction. Also, the supportive role of presenting an attendant can positively influence the level of anxiety and satisfaction.


Seyedeh Hamideh Mortazavi, Siavash Khaki, Rayhaneh Moradi, Kazem Heidari and Seyedeh Fatemeh Vasegh Rahimparvar. (2012, January 21). Effects of massage therapy and presence of attendant on pain, anxiety and satisfaction during labor. Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Abstract retrieved from: http://www.springerlink.com/content/t907617167531v84/