I was a doula (professional birth and postpartum assistant) and childbirth educator for over 20 years,
before retiring and becoming an EFT practitioner. One of my best friends is a midwife who attends home
births. She took an EFT workshop from me several years ago, and she now uses EFT with many of her
clients. Since my midwife friend lives and works in a state where midwives like her are illegal, we’ll call
I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Jean, helping her to integrate EFT even more fully
into her busy midwifery practice. As usual, EFT worked miracles. In my previous articles, I introduced you
to Lucy, an expectant mother who used EFT to lower her blood pressure after her husband lost his job; and
to Chelle, a pregnant woman who used EFT to resolve her fear of postpartum hemorrhage and her low
hemoglobin level simultaneously.
Not surprisingly, Jean’s experiences with these two clients led her to increase her use of EFT! Several of
her clients were able to resolve persistent pregnancy discomforts during their EFT prenatals, and one
expectant mother also reported that she had been having trouble sleeping until she began to tap herself
back to sleep at night. Since this mom already had a toddler and was overdue as well, sleep was at a
premium for her. She was delighted with her EFT results.
When this mother (we’ll call her Karen) gave birth, her baby had some breathing troubles. Karen birthed
rapidly, and in a different room than the one where she had intended to have her baby. This meant that
Jean’s equipment, including oxygen tank and masks, was also in another room.
Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTN) is a fairly mild type of respiratory distress, relatively speaking. It
is temporary, and often occurs when there is still some amniotic fluid in the baby’s lungs. In some cases,
TTN may necessitate the transfer of a baby born at home to a hospital for care. The symptoms can vary from
infant to infant, but always include fast respirations. Babies may flare their nostrils, or grunt while working
to breathe. A baby may also have what are called retractions, where the ribs are pulled in with each
breath—again, telling us that the baby is having a hard time getting enough oxygen.
Karen’s baby had all of the symptoms of TTN. In addition to a rapid respiration rate, the little boy was
having visible retractions, and his small nostrils flared wide with each breath. Little grunting sounds
accompanied this effort. Jean quickly evaluated him and determined that it was safe to try some EFT.
With only a few minutes of tapping, the retractions vanished. The baby stopped flaring his nostrils, and the
small grunts of effort ceased. Gradually, his respiration rate stabilized and began to decrease. This
resolution was visible to everyone.
Jean didn’t use any set-up or reminder phrases. Clearly, the baby was tuned in to his problem and so was
she. (So was everyone else in the room, for that matter!)
TTN can often mean that a newborn spends hours or even days in the special care nursery, receiving
oxygen therapy. It may take up to three days to resolve all the symptoms, even with that type of specialized
care. This is hard on mothers, fathers and families, as no one wants to wait nine months and then be
separated from their precious newborn. It’s hard on babies too, who are primed by nature to expect a very
different type of welcome: a welcome that helps to insure their continued good health in many ways. With
all of our technological proficiency, we still don’t understand the full effects of separating mothers and
babies in the sensitive period after birth.
Thanks to Jean’s quick intercession with EFT, Karen’s baby was able to stay at home with his family in spite
of his breathing troubles. While EFT did not reduce the baby’s respiration rate to normal immediately, it did
lower it to the point that staying home was possible. It also relieved all the other troubling symptoms, no
doubt making the baby much more comfortable while his body worked to clear the residual amniotic fluid
from his lungs. In terms of compassionate care that is also fast and effective, you just can’t beat EFT.
|EFT ARTICLES: Compassionate Newborn
Care: A Transient Tachypnea (TTN) Case
While EFT has produced remarkable clinical results, it has only been in use in its current form since 1992. Therefore, it must still be considered to be in the experimental stage. You are an expert on your own health, so please take full responsibility for
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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