Some expecting mothers choose to have their baby via natural childbirth without the use of medication. Read how EFT tapper, Sandra used EFT to manage her labor pain and deliver a healthy baby girl.
By Sandra Oben
I went into a false labor about four times before my real labor and delivery occurred. Each time the false labor started, I would focus on tapping.
I tapped consistently on:
“Even though I have this horrible pain, I deeply and completely accept myself.” or
“Even though I have these horrible cramps from these contractions, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
I would then change the wording slightly to whatever I was feeling at the time. I noticed that the tapping took the edge off of the pain. I was determined to go into my labor “in control” and I was going to prove that tapping could work, or at least find out how much it could help.
Well, it worked so well that eventually the labor pain and contractions would stop. False or real labor–I wasn’t sure anymore! I kept saying to my husband, Jeff, “What if my tapping is what is stopping the labor?”
Having said that, the next time I started labor pains, I didn’t want them to stop so I didn’t tap until near the end out of fear that I would reverse it. My theory that I could have reversed it was probably ridiculous, but I wasn’t willing to take any chances.
It was about an hour before I delivered my daughter, Stephanie, that I felt like I couldn’t handle the pain anymore. The nurse encouraged me to suck on ice, but it didn’t feel like it was helping. I couldn’t tap because I needed my hands to squeeze the crap out of my husband’s hands. So, I rested my head on the edge of the bed, while standing, and started tapping visually in my head.
I’d tap phrases, such as:
“Even though I have these horrible, painful contractions, I deeply and completely accept myself.” or
“Even though I have this horrible pain that I can’t handle anymore, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
This took the edge off after a couple of rounds.
When it was time to finally push my daughter out, I told everyone in the room that “I can’t do this anymore.” I couldn’t find the energy to finish the delivery. I seriously felt like giving up– a feeling 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.
I then started tapping visually in my head, and said:
“Even though I have this feeling like I can’t do this anymore, I deeply and completely accept myself.” and
“Even though I have this feeling like I can’t handle this pain anymore, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Tapping these statements in my head 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 labor 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.