Prenatal EFT for High Blood Pressure
Reducing Stress with EFT
Eileen Sullivan, EFT-CertI, MCHD, CBE
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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. We'll call her "Jean."
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.
One first-time mom we worked with was Lucy. She was 7 months pregnant at the time, and having trouble with her blood pressure. She had stopped working several weeks before, but that hadn't helped.
Lucy's blood pressure had always been what Jean considers borderline-- higher than normal, and something to observe closely. High blood pressure during pregnancy and/or labor can have serious consequences for both mother and baby, so midwives like Jean typically help their clients to keep blood
pressure under control with holistic therapies. This can include things like nutrition, relaxation, stress reduction, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and sometimes herbal or homeopathic remedies. If holistic methods don't work, prescription medicines and conventional treatments are tried. In the worst case, a mother may be "risked out" by her midwife and, for safety considerations, be unable to birth her baby at home as she prefers.
There's a time and place for everything, of course. But in my experience, EFT as a first option will often work to quickly and effectively resolve an issue before it becomes a major risk factor. Lucy was a prime candidate for some prenatal EFT.
I first met Lucy at an EFT Basics class I taught for Jean's clients. Lucy and her partner attended, and both experienced good results with EFT during the class. By the time it ended, they were feeling great, and were
very enthusiastic about using EFT during the birth of Lucy's first child.
A few days later, thanks to the recession, Lucy's partner lost his job. This left their family-- Lucy, her partner, and his children from a previous relationship-- without income. With the imminent arrival of their baby, this was a very vulnerable time.
When Lucy came to her next prenatal appointment with Jean, the difference in her attitude was marked. It was clear that she was stressed about her family's financial situation. Obviously, stress is not helpful when blood pressure is an issue, nor is rushing to get to an appointment. Recognizing these things, Jean spent a good half hour talking with Lucy and allowing her to settle in before taking her blood pressure. We hoped
that this would give Lucy a chance to relax a bit, and that her blood pressure would respond accordingly.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. Lucy's blood pressure had never been as high as it was that day. Jean and I reassured her that it was okay, we would tap on it and see what happened. Jean completed the prenatal
check, and then we began to tap with Lucy for her blood pressure and stress.
Even though lost his job, and it's a really bad time to be without a job, and that's very scary...
Even though my blood pressure is high and I'm stressed out...
Even though this stress is affecting my blood pressure, I forgive myself and and everybody else that contributed to it.
Even though I'm anxious about money since lost his job, I choose to relax and trust that we will be okay.
Even though my blood pressure was high before, I can feel it coming down now that I'm more relaxed and trusting.
After about 20 minutes of tapping, Lucy seemed to be feeling much better, so Jean took her blood pressure again. It was the lowest it had ever been during Lucy's entire pregnancy. Both the systolic and the diastolic
values went down 18 points. That's nearly a point per minute of EFT!
Lucy left the appointment feeling much more hopeful and relaxed.
On follow-up, Lucy's blood pressure has inched back up again, but to date has never reached its previous high. She reports that she is still feeling positive about her partner's ability to find another, better job.
Since this issue (no income, with a baby on the way) is ongoing, Jean and I recommended that Lucy tap daily on the anxiety caused by her family's situation. She can use EFT as often and as much as she needs to, to help relieve her stress and minimize its physical effects on her, until her family is back on its financial feet again. There may also be some additional issues being triggered, which Jean and Lucy can address with EFT at Lucy's subsequent prenatal appointments.
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Eileen Sullivan is a Certified EFT Practitioner (EFT-CertI) and an ordained interfaith minister. She has worked with expectant and new mothers and families since 1987 as a childbirth and lactation educator, midwife's assistant, VBAC educator, and holistic birth and postpartum doula. Eileen is also a birth activist; a mentor to new and aspiring doulas, CBEs and midwives; and a holistic doula trainer.
Eileen discovered EFT in 2002, and it became a primary modality for her in 2004. She is now retired from doula work, and specializes in EFT for the childbearing year, including fertility challenges, preparing for labor and birth, VBAC, breastfeeding issues, and trauma / PTSD after traumatic birth experience. She has an international EFT practice via phone and Skype sessions, teleclasses and webinars.
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