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Table 1 Midwives training in complementary and alternative therapies, 237 midwives

From: Use of alternative and complementary therapies in labor and delivery care: a cross-sectional study of midwives’ training in Catalan hospitals accredited as centers for normal birth

  N (%) Training hours Years of experience
   Average/SD Average/SD
Deep-breathing exercises training 180 (75.9) 30.76/53.72 10.11/9.23
Relaxation techniques training 176 (73.8) 33.29/53.88 10.59/8.99
Continuous support training 132 (55.7) 58.32/85.82 9.97/9.04
Postural therapy training 127 (53.6) 27.56/44.53 7.77/6.69
Application perineum compresses training 123 (51.9) 9.38/24.69 5.4/4.7
Massage training 108 (45.6) 35.59/65.86 7.71/6.71
Guided imagery training 101 (42.6) 21.02/26.81 8.79/8.07
Hydrotherapy training 88 (37.1) 23.24/36.34 5.18/5.27
Homeopathy training 72 (30.4) 16.25/16.94 2.83/1.51
Training in sterile water injections administration 66 (27.8) 5.18/5.5 3/2.23
Music therapy training 65 (27.4) 15.83/21.9 7.38/6.81
Reflex therapy training 60 (25.3) 43.74/61.91 5.47/5.67
Yoga training 41 (17.3) 88.86/158.18 5,57/6.23
Herbal medicine training 41 (17.3) 44.68/76.68 4.91/5.62
Therapeutic touch training 40 (16.9) 25.38/22.37 6.31/7.13
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) 38 (16) 5.81/7.21 3.9/2.35
Aromatherapy training 32 (13.5) 15.4/15.23 4.78/4.48
Flower essences training flower essences 29 (12.2) 31.44/24.65 4.49/3.9
Acupressure training 23 (9.7) 57.8/85.61 3.9/2.4
Acupuncture training 19 (8) 110/134.4 5.12/8.14
Hypnosis training 18 (7.6) 18.77/22.96 5.3/6.73
Reiki training 13 (5.5) 41/74.84 8,25/6.18
Ear puncture training 8 (3.4) 91.43/112.46 8/11.4
Orthomolecular medicine training 4 (1.7) 33.5/25.6 2.75/2.36
  1. Midwives are trained in different therapies. The best training therapy is breathing technics 75.9% and the worse is orthomolecular medicine 1.7%. In bold the 3 therapies more training in italics the 3 worse.