Loving Touch Preparation for Childbirth APAN
Loving Touch Preparation for Childbirth is a preparation throughout pregnancy and birth based on the relation of tenderness that exists between the three actors (baby, mother, father). 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).
Loving Touch Preparation for Childbirth 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.
Preparation for giving birth
Giving birth is above all a natural and emotional event. It is the birth of a baby and a family. Father, mother and the baby, are a trio of tenderness, who prepare emotionally, psychologically and physically for big day of birth.
The baby has to bravely find its way out. His two parents have learned how to guide him and ease his progression. But most of all, they will carefully give maximum security throughout his or her “labour to be born.”
The father learns to be there for his partner so she can be empowered to give birth to her baby in trust, self-confidence and collaboration with the professionals around her.
From the 5th month on, Loving Touch Preparation for Childbirth schedules three to six sessions of preparation for labour and delivery.
Playing with the baby in the womb
In spite of what most people think, a babies in the womb are very interested in what is happening around them. They already uses their sense organs to discover the world (touch, hearing, taste). In Loving Touch Preparation for Childbirth, parents lean to make contact with their baby by touch and by voice and to become familiar with their baby’s responses.
In this way all three of them discover and learn to appreciate each other.
The parent’s goal is to make their little baby feel that for them he is already a person, for whom they are waiting with love and respect. Through this contact the baby develops a deep sense of internal security. This approach encourages an early attachment and investment in their baby for both parents,. It helps the father-to-be to become involved in the pregnancy in a very concrete way from the beginning.
Starting from the 12th week (3rd month) of pregnancy, 3 to 6 sessions of learning to play with the baby are be proposed to parents.