Haptonomy: pregnant, contact baby!
Haptonomy is a method of preparation for childbirth appreciated by future parents. It has the advantage of allowing very early to communicate with the child, still warm in the womb of his mother, and to associate the future dad to pregnancy.
What is haptonomy?
The word haptonomy comes from 2 Greek terms haptic / hapten meaning touch, link, tact and nomos which means the norm, rule. Haptonomy is, therefore, the discipline of “affective contact.” This method creates an exchange between the baby and both parents during pregnancy and is a preparation for childbirth.
Haptonomy is a technique of caresses and contacts addressed to the child by the parents. It was put into practice by the Dutch doctor Frans Veldman. The child perceives caresses and touching lavished by his parents through the wall of his mother’s womb and uterus. He is sensitive to it and responds positively to it. Based on this observation, a method has been developed to create a child-parent contact in utero and to help the mother to give birth as calmly as possible. Haptonomy is therefore not a simple, practical method but a first exchange before receiving the baby. Stephan Valentin gives us, in the video, his vision of the advantages of haptonomy.
The method of haptonomy: A privileged communication with the dad too!
The high point of haptonomy is that the father is fully included. Through the gestures of the father and mother on the belly, the baby receives signs of love and communicates with his parents. Deep bonds are formed, and the father-child relationship is born during the sessions. For once, the father would even have an advantage over the mother because the serious voices being transmitted through the amniotic fluid, the fetus would be particularly attentive to the voice of his father. This prenatal exchange is a guarantee of attachment between the child and his parents after childbirth.
The bond is created mainly by the voice and by the application of the hands of the mom or the future dad on the belly. To make sure that haptonomy is a technique made for you, do the test “what preparation for childbirth for me? “And find out more about other ways to prepare for childbirth.
When to start the haptonomy sessions?
From the 4th or 5th month of pregnancy, when the mother starts to feel the baby move. It is recommended one session per month to start.
The course of a haptonomy session
A practitioner – often a midwife – accompanies the parents to indicate the gestures to be made to communicate with the baby. Parents exercise both, slight pressure on the mother’s stomach to invite the child to respond while moving and approaching the source of pressure (the hand), of course, it is preferable To accompany the gestures by words addressed to the baby. Many dads live there a first real contact with their child when it begins to move when hearing the sound of his voice or comes to curl up against his hand when it presses a slight pressure on the belly of the future mother.
Haptonomy as a delivery aid
The practitioner who accompanies the practice of haptonomy can also show the future dad gestures that will relieve the mother during the delivery.
Indeed, haptonomy helps alleviate the mother during contractions thanks to the aid of the father. For example, the child may sit cross-legged and take the mummy between her legs.
In this position, it will be necessary to rock it gently, which will not only relax and reassure it but also encourage a relaxation of the muscles of the lower abdomen and will help the baby to be guided gently towards the ” outside. The dad’s hands, through the pressures, exerted, invite the child to go up or down the uterus. The practitioner and the parents can thus encourage the baby to change position,