Labor pain is reduced by massage therapy

Tiffany M Field, M. Hernandez-Reif, S. Taylor, O. Quintino, I. Burman

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Twenty-eight women were recruited from prenatal classes and randomly assigned to receive massage in addition to coaching in breathing from their partners during labor, or to receive coaching in breathing alone (a technique learned during prenatal classes). The massaged mothers reported a decrease in depressed mood anxiety and pain, and showed less agitated activity and anxiety and more positive affect following the first massage during labor. In addition, the massaged mothers had significantly shorter labors, a shorter hospital stay and less portpartum depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-291
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997



  • Labor pain
  • Massage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology

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Field, T. M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Taylor, S., Quintino, O., & Burman, I. (1997). Labor pain is reduced by massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 18(4), 286-291.