Virtual reality intervention reduces labour pain: study

Trials of a longer intervention are the next step, researchers say

Immersion in virtual reality (VR) may reduce the pain of contractions during labour, a small study suggests.

Woman with virtual reality headset

In a half-hour test among 40 women in labour in hospital, those who used VR headsets that provided relaxing scenes and messages reported pain reductions compared with those who didn't wear the headsets, researchers reported at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Texas, US.

To test the VR headsets, US researchers