The classic preparation for childbirth, instructions for use

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The classic preparation for childbirth, instructions for use

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The preparation for birth helps you to be calm for the coming of your baby. It is both physical and psychological support. How does it work? How many sessions? In detail, all the modalities of the classic formula.




  1. Seven meetings reimbursed
  2. Where does this preparation for childbirth take place?
  3. Physical and psychological support before birth
You have access to a birth preparation from the moment you declared your pregnancy.

Seven meetings reimbursed

Seven sessions aim to inform you, but also to make you practice relaxation and breathing exercises.

They are fully reimbursed by Social Security (within the limits of the rates applied by Medicare) if they are practised by a midwife from the sixth month of pregnancy. Consider having a bottle of water and a snack.

This preparation is not compulsory, but it is highly recommended. Today, 65 to 70% of expectant mothers participate. The interest: to feel at best to welcome the child by being a little less apprehensive on the day of delivery.

Where does this preparation for childbirth take place?

All pregnant women have the opportunity to perform these preparation sessions. Often they will be done at the maternity where you are registered with a midwife. You will be able to visit the establishment, the birth room, you will thus feel on familiar ground on the day of childbirth.

Ask your maternity hospital. If she does not offer one, she will be able to give you the contact details of liberal midwives who carry them out. If necessary, contact the Maternal and Child Protection (PMI) nearest to you.

The sessions take place individually or collectively. The first, that of the interview, is done with the parents only. Better to be in a group of less than a dozen people, otherwise, the lessons will be purely informative.

Physical and psychological support before birth

Classic birth preparation sessions are called obstetric psychoprophylaxis (OPP) and are divided into two stages.

Information on childbirth: the first phase is devoted to information on pregnancy, childbirth and the first days with the baby (feeding, calming her crying, caring for the newborn, etc.). Do not hesitate to ask questions about your anxieties, your feelings. The midwife can refer you to a psychologist if you feel the need.

Body exercises: the second step is devoted to body exercises. You learn to relax, to relax, to get to know your body better, to breathe. For example, you will know how to set up a deep breath which will be used at the time of the strong contractions during the dilation of the cervix. Slow and deep abdominal breathing is the one that you will be offered. For best efficiency, these exercises should be repeated at home. Give yourself half an hour each day to train.

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