Haptonomy, to prepare for childbirth as a couple


Haptonomy, to prepare for childbirth as a couple

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Haptonomy is defined by its founder Frans Veldman as “the science of affectivity”. It allows an innovative approach to care and education. Perinatal haptonomy is the establishment of the first contact with the baby in utero. A source of emotions.

  1. Communicating with your baby
  2. Develop a sense of security in the baby
  3. Haptonomy, also after childbirth
  4. To practice as a couple

Haptonomy, beyond preparation for childbirth, accompanies and supports parents even before birth. It allows them to establish contact with their child in utero and continues until the walk.

Communicating with your baby

Everything just happens. The feeling of tenderness (through the subcortical pathways) changes the muscle tone in the mother, the child perceives it immediately. The uterus, diaphragm, perineum, abdominals that surround the baby become more flexible. He reacts by making very calm little movements if he is available to respond to your invitation.

If the mother can invite her baby from the inside, the father can participate by placing his hands on his stomach. He can call him by very light pressure or simply attract him by the mere presence of his hand. The baby can rock spontaneously one way or another, always accompanied by the parents' hands.

You can, for example, teach it to roll very slowly around its axis. Sometimes it is he who will come to offer to play. Voices are also very important, the child memorizes them very quickly. During the first two trimesters of pregnancy, the child only perceives them through vibrations on his skin.

The carer educates the father about gestures that will relieve the mother during her pregnancy. It will help him relax his pelvis and remove the lumbar spine to replace the child and soothe back pain, for example. All this is always done in three, the child is invited to participate in all these changes.

Develop a sense of security in the baby

We now know how much everything that happens at the beginning of life, even before birth, counts for the development of the child. Haptonomy allows the latter to develop a feeling of emotional security. It promotes the well-being of the baby. The body and the psyche, linked by the emotional, form an inseparable whole.

Parents also feel safe. They will be able to overcome their apprehensions. The woman will find the resources necessary to have less pain. The maternal feeling allows him to secrete endorphins for pain. The baby is trying to be born and the mother has learned not to block this passage. She guides the child to the exit, even during a cesarean.

During the last session before D-Day, parents are explained, using dolls, how to carry the baby so that it simply feels supported and not manipulated. Always carry it by its base, allowing it to lean on as soon as it feels the need, so that it is always in control of itself, in safety. This is only possible with babies who are accompanied by prenatally because they have a better tone in the spine.

Haptonomy, also after childbirth

Post-natal follow-up is absolutely essential to continue the work carried out in this meeting for three. This is the time when it will be necessary to conform to the baby the emotional security, which was disturbed by birth. With the help of the professional, parents can make him discover verticality, openness to the world.

It is both a psychological and bodily integration of the newborn on the road to autonomy. These sessions support the couple in carrying out the daily gestures with the baby but also help the mother to a better life the period of postpartum. They last until the child is comfortable in his first steps.

To practice as a couple

As haptonomy is practised as a couple, both parents must be in agreement in this approach. If the father has died or left, the future mother may choose another companion. The meeting cannot be made only between the mother and the child because it would be too stuffy for both.

Just plan to be in underwear and a bra. If you are cold, you will keep a top.

From the start of your pregnancy, you can do a discovery session, but never after the seventh month: it is too late for the maturation of the relationship to be effective. It is also important not to mix this preparation with yoga or sophrology. But take advantage of the other sessions offered by the maternity hospital, which will allow you to get to know the medical team and the place of delivery.

Regarding pricing, eight sessions are reimbursed (excluding excess fees) if they are performed by a midwife or a doctor as part of the preparation for birth.

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