Citation (APA Style): Yuniarti, Y., Suwondo, A., Runjati, R., Maharani, S. I., Ofiwijayanti, H., & Anastasia, S. (2016, May). Influence of Spiritual Therapy Emotional Freedom Technique (SEFT) on cortisol levels and immunoglobulin E (study of anxiety in pregnant women in independent practice midwives Semarang). ASEAN/Asian Academic Society International Conference Proceeding Series, 4th annual.
Link to Paper: http://aasic.org/proc/aasic/article/view/193/190
Pregnant women primigravida experience fear, anxiety, and fear before delivery. Worries and anxieties of pregnant women if not handled properly will have an impact and influence on the physical and psychic, both the mother and fetus. In this study, we proposed a method named SEFT (Spiritual Therapy Emotional Freedom Technique) to reduce the stress and depress among the primigravida in giving birth. This study employed a quasi-experimental design with pretest-posttest control group. Fifteen trimester primigravida with a gestational age of 28 to 35 weeks in three private midwifery practice Mandiri (BPM) in the Banyumanik and Tembalang district were involved by consecutive sampling technique both in experimental and control group. SEFT therapy, a tapping technique on the nine meridian points including a point at the top of the head, was provided to the respondents in the experimental group for 14 days (2 weeks) every night. From the data, we highlight a significant increasing level of cortisol levels among the primigravida who enter the last stage of pregnancy from 269.29 ± 14.75 nmol/L to 334.39 ± 19.81 nmol/L. The stress and anxiety before delivery elevated the IgE levels from 206.17 ± 55.4 IU/mL to 220.33 ± 56.23 IU/mL.
By the result, we revealed a significant contribution of SEFT therapy in reducing the levels of cortisol (p < 0.001) and IgE (p < 0.01). The data indicated the primigravida who obtained SEFT were more relaxed to face the delivery. The results recommend SEFT as the alternative solution for the primigravida who stress and depress facing delivery.
This research applies a form of tapping known as Spiritual EFT (SEFT) which does include the tapping stimulation of 9 meridian points including the top of head, for first time pregnant women to assess its influence on stress and anxiety levels at a Indonesian medical midwifery facility. Their research had shown then that first time pregnant women demonstrate increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol as well as elevated IgE levels. (IgE) is an antibody that is produced by the body’s immune system in response to a perceived threat. SEFT sessions were delivered nightly for 14 consecutive days. As a result of lab testing, there was a statistically significant reduction in both cortisol and IgE levels and a recommendation by the authors for the increased use of SEFT tapping to be used with women in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy who face stress and depression preparing for delivery.