Affective preparation for birth is an approach to help parents establish a relationship with their baby. We do it with an emotional touch. This intimate, tangible and affectionate relationship can be forged several months before the baby is born. It encourages parents to build a relationship with the fetus from the first semester of pregnancy. This is done through different interactions. We then see three main actors: the father, the mother and the baby.
How did she appear?
This approach comes from Brigitte Dohmen, a midwife and a gynecologist, psychologist and haptonomist. She was inspired by the Dutch doctor named Frans Veldman. It is he who is at the origin of haptonomy and it is he who formed Dohmen. Dohmen laments the disappearance of normal pregnancy and the natural birth. Therefore, she proposes to place them in their human, emotional and affective context.
What are the benefits of using affective preparation for birth?
In women, it is easier and more natural for him to get closer to the baby. This relationship was established even before the birth of the latter. Unfortunately, this is not the case for men. Hence the need for affective preparation for birth.
At the father’s, she will encourage him to establish a personal relationship with your child before it is born. It also reinforces the father role he has by not having to wait for the baby to be born. Basically, this will help him become more involved in family life.
For the mother, this approach will put her in safety. She will feel less alone during childbirth. She will share the pain with the baby during birth. In addition, it can make the muscle tissues of the uterus, perineum and belly supple and elastic. The mother will be in harmony with the intelligence of her body.
On the baby’s side, it’s a new way of apprehending him as a whole person from the moment of pregnancy. The emotional preparation for birth is the expression of its own existence. This will promote her proper positioning for labor and delivery. He will feel loved, less alone and expected. Her heart rate will decrease during delivery. He may also develop better self-esteem.
With the parents, it teaches them to develop a subtle ability to listen to the baby’s reactions. This would then allow them to recognize the baby’s reactions. Also, it is a great help in the early development of the parent-child relationship.
How does she walk?
It’s not really therapy.
Its practice involves the use of touch on the belly. The parents put their hands on the mother’s belly. Thanks to this, they will come to feel the baby in reaction to their presence. It is necessary to use the palm of the hand and caress gently and slowly the belly. Like that, the father or the mother will remain sensitive to the movement which comes from the interior of the belly.
The use of voice is essential. As a means of communication, the voice is part of the relational and affective context. Emotional preparation for birth encourages parents to talk to their baby.