Validation of a Scale to Measure Relaxation in Childbirth Education Classes

Authors

  • Sharron S. Humenick R.N., Ph.D.,

    1. Sharron Humenick is an Assistant Professor andPolly Marchbanks is an Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Both are Childbirth Educators certified by the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics.
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  • Polly Marchbanks R.N., M.S.N.

    1. Sharron Humenick is an Assistant Professor andPolly Marchbanks is an Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Both are Childbirth Educators certified by the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics.
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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Prenatal neuromuscular dissociation relaxation skill of 31 women was measured both using rater judgment and biofeedback equipment. A correlation of .88 was obtained when the two rating methods were compared. Prenatal relaxation skill achievement was significantly related to mothers’reports of medication used in childbirth. The authors conclude that childbirth educators can be trained to give reliable feedback to clients on achievement of relaxation skill and that achievement of neuromuscular dissociation relaxation skill may be predictive of the use of medication in childbirth.

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