…For reassurance and to better control all stages
The philosophy: given by a midwife, this preparation sets out to demystify all of the final stages of pregnancy in order to reassure you of your natural ability to give birth to your child.
The protocol: the group or individual sessions (with an independent midwife), at which the father is always welcome, begin around the seventh month of pregnancy and fall into two categories.
One theoretical, to provide the maximum amount of information on the development of the pregnancy and the birth as well as the baby’s first days.
One practical, at which you will learn to better listen to your body and your feelings, and relax. You will also find out about postures that provide some comfort during the birth and help labor to progress. You will then know how to use the different types of breathing at the right time, which will help you during dilation and expulsion.
The particular benefits: at group sessions, you will also be able to share your questions with other mothers-to-be and even sometimes visit the delivery room as these antenatal sessions are often held at the maternity hospital where you are due to give birth. Being on familiar territory is also very reassuring.