Prompting and Modeling of Coping Strategies During Childbirth

Prompting and Modeling of Coping Strategies During Childbirth

There is ample evidence to suggest that upright positions and mobility during labor improve birth outcome including shorter duration of childbirth and reduced risk of cesarean section (Lawrence, et al., 2013). The World Health Organization (2015) specifically recommends the use of non-pharmacological interventions for pain management during childbirth; however, the current methodologies for training coping strategies for labor have not shown to be effective on birth outcome (Bilgin et al., 2020). The purpose of this research presentation is to understand the outcomes of an application of a behavior analytic technology to the current childbirth practices to prompt empirically demonstrated labor coping strategies. Results of this study conclude that the introduction of a software using in-vivo prompting and video modeling increases the frequency and variability of labor behaviors during unmedicated labor for birthing persons and their partners.

Learning Objectives

Participants will: 

  1. learn about behavioral contingencies that influence decision making and behavior during childbirth
  2. understand the importance of frequency and variability in movement as a variable in positive birth outcomes
  3. observe how immediate prompting and modeling influence use of coping skills during early and active labor

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