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Effectiveness of Dick-Read Method vs Sacral Massage on Labor Pain and Progress of Labor among the Parturient Mothers Admitted in the Labor Room in RGGW and CH, Puducherry

G Gunasakthi, Manjubala Dash, D Kavitha, Chitra A Felicia

Keywords : Dick-Read method, Labor pain, Parturient mothers, Progress of labor, Sacral massage

Citation Information : Gunasakthi G, Dash M, Kavitha D, Felicia CA. Effectiveness of Dick-Read Method vs Sacral Massage on Labor Pain and Progress of Labor among the Parturient Mothers Admitted in the Labor Room in RGGW and CH, Puducherry. J South Asian Feder Obs Gynae 2022; 14 (6):734-740.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10006-2132

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-01-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Aim: Pregnant women worry about the pain they will experience throughout childbirth as well as labor process, and physical comfort can be achieved by a variety of nonpharmacological methods. The aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of Dick-Read method vs sacral massage on labor pain and progress of labor among the parturient mothers admitted in the labor room in Rajiv Gandhi Government Women and Children's Hospital (RGGW and CH), Puducherry. Materials and methods: In quantitative and quasi-experimental two groups pre- and posttest, control group design was used, a sample of 120 parturient mothers by using purposive sampling. A labor pain assessment scale was used to assess the level of labor pain, and a checklist was used to assess the progress of labor. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. Results: The result showed that the mean posttest level of labor pain was significantly decreased in experimental group II compared with experimental group I. The researcher found low and moderate positive correlation between posttest mean score of level of labor pain and progress of labor among parturient mothers, and there was no significant association of the posttest level of labor pain and significant association of the progress of labor in experimental groups I and II. Conclusion: Sacral massage was more effective in reducing the level of labor pain, and there was progress of labor compared with Dick-Read method among parturient mothers. Clinical significance: As a nonpharmacological intervention, it is easy to administer, cost-effective, and harmless among parturient mothers. This intervention may use healthcare practitioners when providing care to women during the labor process.

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