|EFT ARTICLES: Prenatal EFT Improves
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, "Jean", is a midwife who attends
home births. I've helped her integrate EFT into her midwifery practice and we recently worked with a
pregnant woman named Chelle.
Chelle was already familiar with EFT. She and I had worked together during her previous pregnancy, and
Jean then used surrogate EFT on Chelle during her labor and birth. When Chelle arrived for her prenatal
visit with Jean this time, she was having some symptoms of anemia which had so far not been alleviated by
the herbal iron supplement she was taking. In addition, it was clear that Chelle was concerned about
This was to be Chelle's first home birth, and her second VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). In all of her
previous births except one, she had always hemorrhaged. One such incident was so severe that Chelle
collapsed and lost consciousness, awaking later to find that she had required surgery to stop the bleeding.
A history of postpartum hemorrhage increases the risk for subsequent hemorrhages after childbirth, as
does anemia. Also, this would be Chelle's seventh baby. Women who have had four or more children are
called "grand multiparas" in obstetric terminology, and being a grand multipara is yet another risk factor
for postpartum hemorrhage.
Chelle gave permission for her prenatal to be videotaped, so I set up the camcorder and started
recording. While Chelle talked to Jean about her previous hemorrhages and her concern about bleeding
too much after this birth, Jean tested Chelle's hemoglobin level. Hemoglobin is a substance in red blood
cells that contains iron, and transports oxygen. In pregnant women, normal levels are from 11 to 12 g/dl.
Using a hand-held device called a hemoglobinometer, Jean determined that Chelle's level was below 10.
We took a still image of the gauge on the side of the device, to record Chelle's starting level.
Jean and Chelle decided to continue with the rest of the prenatal at that point, and then tap together on
Chelle's anemia. None of us had ever tried such a thing, but we agreed that it couldn't hurt to try. Chelle
was willing to allow Jean to take another blood sample and test her hemoglobin again right after EFT, so
that we could test our results.
As Jean packed away her equipment and I continued to man the video camera, Chelle spoke to us both
about her fear of hemorrhage. I noticed many signs of an emotional charge on the subject, including her
quietly emphatic, repeated statement, "I'm a bleeder. I know I am. It happens every time." I was very glad
that Chelle had agreed to tap on this issue with Jean.
Even though I have this fear of hemorrhage...
Even though I'm a bleeder and it happens every time...
Then, intuitively, Jean asked Chelle the million dollar question: "If there were an emotional reason for your
low hemoglobin level, what might it be?"
Chelle's near-immediate response was, "My fear of hemorrhage." The circular nature of this problem was
apparent to all of us! The more fear Chelle felt, the lower her hemoglobin level might go, which would put
her that much more at risk of a postpartum hemorrhage. Jean switched tack now, having Chelle tap:
Even though my hemoglobin level is low because I'm afraid I may bleed too much...
At that point, Jean's phone rang. When she excused herself to answer a call from an overdue client, I
asked Chelle if we could continue to work together while Jean was busy, to keep up the good momentum.
I remembered that, at the beginning of the prenatal when she was telling us about her previous
hemorrhages, Chelle had mentioned that she did not bleed abnormally after one birth. After that baby was
born, she said, everyone had left her alone and just waited for the placenta to come on its own. All of her
other hemorrhages seem to have been precipitated by someone doing something that they shouldn't-- like
pulling on the umbilical cord (in an attempt to hurry things along), pulling on the placenta as it was slowly
being delivered (ditto), massaging her abdomen (and through it, her uterus, again in an effort to speed the
process), etc. So I tried something a little different.
Even though I only bleed when stupid people are around. stupid people that are in a hurry and do dumb things
to me, to try to speed things up so they can go home...
Chelle's expression went from one of uncertainty to startled amusement. She confirmed that, yes, that
could indeed be the problem. Jean returned to find us both chuckling over "stupid people," and once we
caught her up on what she had missed, she took over again.
Jean and Chelle continued to tap on "stupid people" and their contributions to her births (and
hemorrhages). As they did, Chelle became more and more positive that she was NOT a bleeder. Stupid
people caused her to bleed!
Once she was quite certain of this, Jean tested her results by asking Chelle if she was still afraid of
bleeding too much. Chelle responded that she had no fear at all; in fact, she was excited about the birth
and knew she would bleed the perfect amount and no more.
Still testing, Jean asked Chelle to tell her about the worst hemorrhage she had experienced. While before,
Chelle had felt dizzy and faint and hot all over when thinking about it, she was 100% fine now. And one
more test: Jean asked Chelle to say with conviction, "I'm a bleeder." Chelle laughed and shook her head.
"Do I have to?" she asked. "It's not true. Stupid people made me bleed."
Jean took that as a sign and prepared to take Chelle's hemoglobin level again. In the meantime, I kept the
video camera running but also did a last little bit of EFT with Chelle.
"If we're going to poke your finger again," I explained, "let's do all we can to insure that there's a
noticeable difference." We hadn't directly addressed her hemoglobin level at all, so just to be complete
and tap on all sides of the issue, Chelle and I did so now.
Even though my hemoglobin was low before, that was fear-related ... that was my fear of hemorrhage, and I'm
free of that now.
Even though my hemoglobin was low before, that was then. My body already has made changes, now that the
fear has been released.
Even though my hemoglobin was low before, I can feel it improving now. I can already feel the difference.
When Jean checked Chelle's hemoglobin level again, there was an unusual result. There were two
separate "patches" in the sample, indicating two levels. The lowest of the two was just above 10 g/dl. Jean
said that was half a point higher than the initial reading.
The highest of the two patches was 12 g/dl. That indicated a rise of two full points. Jean and I were amazed
because it typically takes 2 to 3 weeks of supplements and other consistent efforts to even begin to see a
change in hemoglobin levels. We had done EFT for perhaps a half hour.
Resolving Chelle's fear of hemorrhage actually improved her hemoglobin level. And we caught it all on
videotape! The results held, too. Weeks later, when Chelle went into labor, Jean checked her hemoglobin
level again. It was 11 g/dl.
Other than continuing to take the herbal iron supplement that Jean had recommended she start the month
before, Chelle did nothing different after her EFT prenatal. She never tapped on her fear of hemorrhage
again, because there was no need to do so. The fear was gone.
Chelle's first home birth went very smoothly, and her daughter was born in a birthing pool set up in their
living room. Thanks to EFT, Chelle bled the perfect amount and no more.
|by Eileen Sullivan, EFT-Cert1
|Jean and I were amazed because it
typically takes 2 to 3 weeks of
supplements and other consistent
efforts to even begin to see a change
in hemoglobin levels. We had done
EFT for perhaps a half hour.
|EILEEN SULLIVAN, CERTIFIED EFT PRACTITIONER (EFTCERT-I) EMAIL: AREYOUTAPPING (AT) YAHOO (DOT) COM (704) 905-4665
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