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Haptonomy: How to bond with your baby like the French

Haptonomy: How to bond with your baby like the French
From Global News - July 14, 2017

Youve probably heard of hypnobirthing and prenatal yoga, but haptonomy is another method to bond with babies before birth.

Originally of Dutch origin, the method is quite popular in France, says social worker and psychotherapist Laure-Elina Bnardof Montreal. Bnard, who is currently finishing her training to provide haptonomy to couples in the fall, says each session allows couples or parents-to-be to learn how to work together.

And although it is not widely available in Canada, there are some professionals in Montreal who are offering the service.

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What is haptonomy?

The method itself is supposed to develop an emotional link between parents and their babies before birth.

On Friday, Baby Centre U.K.s blog posted a piece on the technique, calling it the trendy way to bond with your baby before birth.

The practice is also known as the science of affectivity as its all about the intense affection you give to your bump, the site notes.

Bnard says it comes down to two aspects: to establish contact with the child before birth and giving the non-pregnant person a unique chance to bond with the womb.

Its awareness to the skin, she tells Global News. When this happens, fathers get excited. They dont get to experience what the mother experiences from the inside.

How does it work?

Sessions are usually up to an hour and can range from $70 to $80 and more. Bnard recommends at least eight sessions before the birth, and couples can start 20 to 22 weeks pregnant.

During the session, both partners put their hands on the belly in a subtle matter, learning different ways the baby moves within the womb. Its quite amazing to see the babys response, she says. They move towards the hands.

Are there downfalls?

What are other techniques?

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