Pain and anxiety reduction of first stage maternity mothers using SEFT intervention

Citation (APA style): Yuniarsih, S. M., Ropi, H., & Maryati, I. (2015). Pain and anxiety reduction of first stage maternity mothers using SEFT intervention. Pena Jurnal Ilmu Pengetahuan Dan Teknologi, 28(2).


Pain and anxiety are major problems in childbirth. Management of pain and anxiety are designed to smooth the process of childbirth. This study aimed to compare the effect of spiritual intervention and Spiritual Emotional Freedom Technique (SEFT) to reduce both pain and anxiety. The study design used was quasi experiment with consecutive sampling technique. The subjects involved were 36 mothers giving birth at health centers PONED Pekalongan and were divided into two groups: SEFT intervention as intervention group and spiritual intervention as control group. The instrument used was a numeric rating scale. Data were analyzed using the Mann Whitney U test, Wilcoxon, and Independent t-test. The results showed there were differences in the average decrease in pain and anxiety between two groups. SEFT intervention was shown to be more effective than spiritual intervention at reducing maternal anxiety and the pain intensity of the first stage of childbirth.

Keywords: anxiety, pain, childbirth, Spiritual Emotional Freedom Technique, SEFT

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