The Effect of Relaxation Therapy on Preterm Labor Outcomes.

November 1, 2011

Objective To examine the effect of relaxation on preterm labor outcome. Design Quasi-experimental, with women who experienced preterm labor randomly assigned to a control or experimental group.

Objective To examine the effect of relaxation on preterm labor outcome. Design Quasi-experimental, with women who experienced preterm labor randomly assigned to a control or experimental group. The experimental group was to do a daily relaxation exercise. A third group was added to the study women who were originally assigned to the relaxation group but were unable to adhere to the daily practice. Final data were analyzed for three groups control (n=40), experimental (n=44), and nonadherent (n=23) participants.

Conclusions Relaxation therapy made a difference in preterm labor outcome. Women who practiced relaxation had larger newborns [197 grams], longer gestations, [7.7 days], and higher rates of pregnancy prolongation. Given the low cost of the intervention, it should be offered to all women at risk for preterm labor.