Monday, September 08, 2014

Preventing Childbirth Pain with ABT (Accu-Balancing Technique)

There is no physiological reason why childbirth should be painful.  The tissues of a woman's body are designed to stretch to accommodate a baby, and there are few nerve endings in the vagina so this decreases the likelihood of significant pain.  However, when a woman gives birth for the first time, the feelings of opening can be very intense, and these are sensations that the woman's body has never felt before.  Because it is unlike any previously experienced sensation, and because of its intensity, the human brain often interprets these signals as pain.

During labor, any fear or stress on the part of the mother creates a fight-or-flight response which causes stress hormones to be dumped into her blood stream.  The body then prepares the woman to either fight or run away from the perceived danger, and blood is shunted away from non-vital systems to give extra energy to the legs, arms, heart, and other organs necessary for her to defend herself.  Unfortunately the uterus is considered a non-vital organ in this situation and the lack of blood being sent to the uterus can cause ineffective labor contractions which do not dilate the cervix, and the muscle contractions of the uterus can actually become painful as the muscle struggles to do its job in less than optimal conditions.  It is for this reason that birth should take place in a calm, peaceful, non-fear-producing environment.  The hospital is NOT the optimal place for birth for this reason.  

Emotional trauma also causes a disruption in the body's energy system which can cause pain. Therefore, keeping emotional trauma to a minimum is important.

The Accu-Balancing Technique is an uncomplicated, highly useful tool to help women reverse these energy disruptions.  It involves tapping on pressure points by repeating an affirmation designed to correct pinpoint the source of the disruption and correct it.  

The diagram above shows some basic tapping points that can be used.  You start at the top of the head and work down.  The tapping points are:

Top of head
Inner eyebrow
Corner of eye
Under eye
Under nose
On chin
Under collarbone
Under arm

There is also a pressure point on the inside of the wrists which can be activated by tapping the inside of the wrists together.

Before beginning to tap on these points, first ask yourself, "On a scale of 0 to 10 with 10 being the worst, how bad is the pain?"  You will then use this same question to check in on your pain level after the procedure to evaluate your success.  After this, one must first activate the affirmation by saying it while tapping on what we call the activation point illustrated below:

You would choose an affirmation that first targets the pain.  You would say, "Even though I have this pain during contractions, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself."  You would say this three times while tapping repeatedly on the activation point.  Then you would choose a one or two word reminder phrase such as just "pain" and say the reminder phrase out loud as you tap five to seven times on each pressure point.  So you would say "pain" and think about what that pain feels like as you tap on the top of the head, then repeat "pain" as you tap on the inner eyebrow, and so forth until you have tapped on all points.  IT IS IMPORTANT to think about what the pain FEELS LIKE when you are tapping on all the points.  

After you are through with one round of tapping, ask yourself if your pain is still at whatever number it was before.  So if your pain was a 7 when you started, is it still a 7?  Of has it dropped?  If it has dropped but not as much as you would like, do another round of tapping but change the affirmation slightly.  Perhaps try "Even though I am uncomfortable during contractions, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself."  

After that, you should try to get to the root cause of the pain with some more affirmations. Perhaps try tapping on some of these:

Even though I am feeling stressed, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself.

Even though I am tired of these contractions, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself. 

Even though I am afraid it will be painful, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself.  

Even though I am irritated that my partner is not here, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself.

Even though I don't like being in the hospital, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself.

Even though I am feeling frustrated and alone, I thoroughly and completely love, accept and forgive myself.

Or whatever phrase makes sense to you and describes how you are feeling.

This is a very brief version of ABT that you can learn on your own.  If you feel you need more instruction or if you are not getting the results you want and you would like some guidance from an ABT practitioner, please feel free to set up a phone session or class below.  There is a more extensive procedure that can be taught that if often effective if you are not getting the results you desire with the short version. 

ABT Session

After you book the session, you will be contacted by email to set up a time to call and you will be given the phone number to call and instructions on how to prepare for the session.

You can use ABT all throughout your pregnancy to help with getting your fears under control, releasing stress, communicating with the baby, and learning to use the ABT procedure to help you make decisions when you are not sure what to do.  The 4-week class also combines the use of the ABT procedure with breathing, guided visualization and other tools to help you experience your labor and delivery in a positive manner.

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