What Is Haptonomy?
With the new pregnancy, your relationship and family life will change. Meanwhile, life continues along with other obligations. Practicing Haptonomy in pregnancy offers parents-to-be the opportunity to reflect on the pregnancy and to make early contact with their unborn child. It is what we called a “Loving Touch”.
Haptonomy “Loving Touch” is a childbirth preparation throughout pregnancy and birth based on the relation of tenderness that exists between the three actors (baby, mother, father/partner). Its principal objective is to develop a sense of security and autonomy in each of these three partners by taking into consideration their specific psycho-affective needs. Each will experience a truly loving presence in every step of the process (pregnancy, labour, delivery and the first year of the baby’s life).
Haptonomy helps couples develop a loving interactive relationship with their baby throughout pregnancy. This practice prepares for a gentle and consciously accompanied birth. Afterwards it helps the baby to develop autonomy during his or her first year of life.
A Sample Session
Your partner has the advantage of the natural contact with the unborn child, for you more effort is needed to create a bond with your child. During pregnancy the way to create a bond is through the body of your partner. This is why we pay special attention to how you can reinforce your ability to make contact with the baby.