Masumi Imura, CNM, PHN, IBCLC, MSN, is a doctoral candidate of the Department of Developmental Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo.
The Psychological Effects of Aromatherapy-Massage in Healthy Postpartum Mothers
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2006 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 51, Issue 2, pages e21–e27, March-April 2006
How to Cite
Imura, M., Misao, H. and Ushijima, H. (2006), The Psychological Effects of Aromatherapy-Massage in Healthy Postpartum Mothers. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 51: e21–e27. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.08.009
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- mother-child relations;
- clinical trial
This study examined the effect of aromatherapy-massage in healthy postpartum mothers. A quasi-experimental between-groups design was used. Mothers who received aromatherapy-massage were compared with a control group who received standard postpartum care. Thirty-six healthy, first-time mothers with vaginal delivery of a full-term, healthy infant participated in this study. Sixteen mothers received a 30-minute aromatherapy-massage on the second postpartum day; 20 mothers were in the control group. All mothers completed the following four standardized questionnaires before and after the intervention: 1) Maternity Blues Scale; 2) State-Trait Anxiety Inventory; 3) Profile of Mood States (POMS); and 4) Feeling toward Baby Scale. In the aromatherapy-massage group, posttreatment scores significantly decreased for the Maternity Blues Scale, the State-Anxiety Inventory, and all but one of the Profile of Mood States subscales. Posttreatment scores in the intervention group significantly increased in Profile of Mood States-Vigor subscale and the Approach Feeling toward Baby subscale. Scores in the intervention group significantly decreased in Conflict Index of Avoidance/Approach Feeling toward Baby subscale. Our results suggest that aromatherapy-massage might be an effective intervention for postpartum mothers to improve physical and mental status and to facilitate mother-infant interaction.