haptonomic pragnancy guidance

Haptonomic Pregnancy Guidance

When your partner is pregnant it can be fun, exciting and sometimes create new worries. How will our future be, what exactly happens in the abdomen, what is my partner feeling, how is our child developing and how can we have an influence on this? These are some of the questions that future parents have to face, even if the new baby is a second or third child.

With the new pregnancy, your relationship and family life will change. Meanwhile, life continues along with other obligations. 
Haptonomic Pregnancy Guidance offers parents-to-be the opportunity to reflect on the pregnancy and to make early contact with their unborn child.


A Shared experience

Haptonomic Pregnancy Guidance is preferably given in a private atmosphere and therefore not in groups. You, your pregnant partner and your child are the central focus of the guidance. In particular, the contact between you and the child gets much attention during the guidance. 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 abilitiy to make contact with the baby

Good co-ordination and joint preparation for childbirth is a shared experience for the three of you. It is desirable to start the guidance between the 20th and 24th weeks of pregnancy. The meetings will be organised every three weeks and conclude around the 37th week. About two months after the birth of the baby we’ll have a final meeting. The scope of the guidance is outlined in different themes, but there is room for your own questions and ideas.

The Scope of the Haptonomic Pregnancy Guidance

Session 1: Introduction

The first session is devoted to getting to know each other. We will talk about the background to the pregnancy, your motivation for Haptonomic Pregnancy Guidance and the scope of the guidance. You will learn how:

  • Contact can be made with the child
  • To feel and make acquaintance with your baby and feel the movements of the baby

Session 2: Increasing the contact with the baby

During the second session, we optimise the conditions for making contact with the baby. This makes it easier for you to feel and touch the baby; it gives the baby more freedom to move around. You will learn how to:

  • Create more room in the abdominal area by relaxing it through touch
  • Invite the baby to meet you and make contact with your presence

Session 3: The Partner’s role

In the third session, the focus is on your role as partner and your unique position during the pregnancy. Your role will be further enhanced and you will learn:

  • To help your partner bearing the child more from the base and supporting her by allowing the child to rest on the base muscles of the pelvis
  • Techniques to help your partner to relax and carry the baby. This will influence her energy positively during pregnancy

Meeting 4: Dealing with Pain

During the fourth meeting, we focus on the mother’s role during labour and how to deal with the associated pain during labour. We explore how she deals with pain generally, a prelude to how she is expected to deal with the pain during labour. If necessary, we will teach her how to cope with pain differently. We also pay attention to the importance of your role during the process of labour. You will learn how:

  • to support your partner to deal with pain
  • to support your partner during labour

Meeting 5: Childbirth

The fifth session is devoted to the birth itself. You will learn :

  • Which positions are possible during labour
  • What the advantages and disadvantages are of the different postures and their practical consequences
  • The normal birth process
  • Pressing techniques

Meeting 6: Life with a Child (2 months after the birth)

This final meeting will take place two to three months after the birth. We will focus on how your life has evolved since the arrival off your baby.

We will also pay a lot of attention to the your experiences during labour and how you feel about your cooperation and your relationship with the baby. In addition, you will also learn practical tips such as how to carry the baby. Finally we look at the baby’s unique qualities and how to go about encouraging certain qualities , while discouraging others

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