Clinical Hypnosis Before External Cephalic Version (ECV)


Does clinical hypnosis or neuro-linguistic programming improve the success rate of external cephalic version?

Full Title of Study: “Clinical Hypnosis Versus Neuro-linguistic Programming Before External Cephalic Version (ECV) – a Prospective Off-centre Randomised Controlled Trial”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: February 2014

Detailed Description

Prospective off-center randomisation of clinical hypnosis or neuro-linguistic programming intervention prior to a external cephalic version treatment.


  • Other: Clinical hypnosis or neuro-linguistic programming
    • 20 minutes tape recording intervention

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Clinical hypnosis
    • 20 minutes tape recorded clinical hypnosis intervention
  • Active Comparator: Neuro-linguistic programming
    • 20 minutes tape recording of nouro-linguistic programming intervention

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Successful ECV
    • Time Frame: 3 hours after ECV treatment
    • Rate of cephalic presentation three hours after external cephalic version.

Secondary Measures

  • Questionnaire
    • Time Frame: before and 30 minutes after ECV

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • singleton
  • breech presentation
  • gestation age above 36 weeks + 6 days

Exclusion Criteria

  • multiples
  • cannot understand German language

Gender Eligibility: Female

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: PD Dr. med. Joscha Reinhard, MBBS BSc(Hon), Principle Investigator – Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital

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