I went into a false labour about four times before the real thing happened.  Each time the labour started I
would focus on tapping.  I tapped consistently on "this horrible pain" or "these horrible cramps from these
contractions."  I changed the wording slightly to whatever I was feeling at the time.  I noticed that the
tapping took the edge off.  

I was determined to go into this labour "in control" and I was going to prove that tapping could work or at
least find out how much.  Well, it worked so well that I would eventually go out of labour.  False or real ... I
wasn't sure anymore and I kept saying to Jeff, "What if the tapping is what is stopping the labour??"  Having
said that, the next time I started labour pains, I didn't want it to stop so I didn't tap until near the end for fear
that I would reverse it.  My theory that I could have reversed it could be ridiculous but I was too desperate
to take any chances.

It was about an hour before I had Stephanie that I felt like I couldn't handle the pain anymore. The nurse
encouraged me to suck on gas but it didn't feel like it was helping.  I couldn't tap because I needed my
hands to squeeze the ---- out of Jeff's hands.  So, I rested my head on the edge of the bed, while standing,
and started tapping visually in my head.  Saying phrases such as, "these horrible painful contractions", or
"this horrible pain that I can't handle anymore" whatever I was feeling at the time.  This took the edge off
after a couple of rounds.

Lastly, when it was time to push her out, I told them "I can't do this anymore."  I couldn't find the energy to
finish the delivery.  I seriously felt like giving up like I have never felt before.  I asked for drugs but they
said we were too close to finishing.  They reassured me that I only had a few pushes left and it would be
over.   

After they said that, I still couldn't find the energy to do anything more.  That is when I started tapping
visually in my head, and said "this feeling like I can't do this anymore," or, "this feeling like I can't handle
this pain anymore."  In my opinion, this tapping is what gave me the strength to finish the delivery.  It
relaxed me just enough to be able to listen, and focus on the doctor's instructions.

I regret that I didn't use EFT more during labour and delivery.  If I could do it again, I would make sure that I
had someone, maybe an EFT practitioner, encouraging me and reminding me to tap the whole time.  
However, when I did use EFT, I noticed a reduction in pain, and an increase in my ability to focus.
EFT ARTICLES:
Using EFT In Labor
I regret that I didn't use EFT more
during labour and delivery.  If I could
do it again, I would make sure that I
had someone, maybe an EFT
practitioner, encouraging me and
reminding me to tap the whole time.  
However, when I did use EFT, I
noticed a reduction in pain, and an
increase in my ability to focus.
EILEEN SULLIVAN, CERTIFIED EFT PRACTITIONER (EFTCERT-I)                                                                  EMAIL: AREYOUTAPPING (AT) YAHOO (DOT) COM                                                                                            (704) 905-4665
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your use of EFT. Eileen Sullivan is not a licensed health professional. She offers EFT as a certified EFT practitioner, ordained interfaith minister, and certified holistic doula. Where appropriate, please consult your healthcare practitioners regarding your
use of EFT. It is VITAL to note that you should not stop taking any prescribed medications, nor alter your dosage, without the advice of the prescribing physician.
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