Prenatal counseling on the basis of haptonomy

Great news: you’re pregnant!

You and your partner may need some time to get used to the idea… Or perhaps you can’t wait to shout it from the rooftops! The pregnancy and the delivery are major events; experiences that will drastically change your lives.

A pregnancy brings about all sorts of impressions and emotions. Moreover, you and your partner will need to make a number of important decisions in a short period of time. For one, you will have to decide whether or not you want prenatal counseling.


What is haptonomy?

But first, let’s talk about haptonomy. The aim of haptonomy is to help you become aware of what you feel. Aware of the things you experience within your body and the feelings associated with those experiences; feelings towards yourself and others.

In our busy everyday lives, we tend to handle and plan everything practically and efficiently, allowing our lives to be wholly determined by our thoughts. It seems that we’d rather rely on them than on the things our feelings and bodies tell us.

You may think that feeling is not that important, but remember: it is something you do all day long, even though you may not always be aware of it!

Experience tells us that it is very important to consciously integrate our feelings into our everyday lives – and thus also into our pregnancies. By doing so, we can rely on the things our bodies tell us and act accordingly, which enables us to interact with our environment in a more natural way.

You may think this sounds pretty straightforward, but upon trying you will probably find it far more easily said than done. This is where haptonomy comes in: it can help you gain the awareness you need to lead a more balanced life.


Haptonomic prenatal counseling


Haptonomic prenatal counseling is meant for you and your partner. During the sessions, you will learn how you can use your feelings to interact with your baby. The baby in your womb can feel, which means that you can let it know you love it even before it is born. As the one carrying the baby, you are naturally in touch with your child. Your partner can learn to interact with the child via your belly.

Furthermore, we will address the contact between you and your partner. We will focus on your respective roles in relation to your pregnancy and the things you can offer each other. Not only in terms of emotional support, but also in a practical sense. How can your partner support you during the pregnancy? How can he or she help you to feel comfortable within your body? How can he or she help you to handle the pain during childbirth? Of course we will also address the question how your partner can familiarize him or herself with the new situation.


Subjects covered during the sessions:foto-46
  • Interacting with your baby before it is born
  • Trusting your feelings and body
  • Playing with and rocking the baby in your womb
  • Carrying your child to term
  • Handling the dilatation contractions and techniques for the expulsion pains
  • Possible roles your partner can play
  • Various positions during childbirth
  • Reviewing the pregnancy and your experiences in relation to the birth of your baby
  • The often rather hectic period after the baby is born
  • Tips and ideas on how to carry, stimulate and support your baby.


When do I start and how often are the sessions?

Prenatal counseling:  six sessions, approximately every three weeks. One of the sessions will take place after the baby is born, with the baby.

You may start this counseling from the 20th week of your pregnancy, after you have felt the first movements of your baby.

Our practice is run by physiotherapist and haptonomist Jan Tigges.