Patients are well-known to experience a placebo response to medications or treatments. It is less well-known that they can also experience a nocebo response where they have negative effects from something that should be ineffective. In recent literature, the words of medical providers
have been demonstrated to create illness responses without physical cause. This column examines ways in which the content and teaching techniques that are often part of Lamaze childbirth education may elicit a nocebo response and negatively influence women’s confidence and ability to
The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.