Citation: Vural P.I., Aslan, E., Emotional freedom techniques and breathing awareness to reduce childbirth fear: A randomized controlled study, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 35, 2019, 224-231, ISSN 1744-3881.
Link to original paper and abstract: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.02.011
Craig’s Notes: This RCT study included a healthy sample size of 120 pregnant women. The were randomly selected and place in either a group who received EFT or Breathing Awareness or a control group. The interventions were given in the latent, active and transition phases of labor.
While I personally know of nurse midwives who use EFT in labor and delivery, this is the first published study of its kind with this demographic. Given the emotional and physical stress of childbirth, this is an application of EFT which has significant potential.
The results revealed that both EFT and Breathing Awareness interventions were observed to be beneficial, but EFT concluded to be more effective than BA in reducing childbirth fear during delivery. On the basis of the SUDS scores, EFT can be said to have produced a more positive and permanent effect.