Becoming parents cannot be improvised. You don’t become mom or dad overnight. It takes time. And it starts with the preparation for birth. This usually begins in the first trimester and continues throughout pregnancy.
Preparation for birth is above all a time for discussion and listening with the midwife or the doctor. We express our expectations regarding childbirth. The mother can talk freely about her pregnancy, her married life, her job, her fears, … It is really an exchange to guide and reassure the mother-to-be as well as possible.
It is very important for her to feel comfortable so that she can talk about everything, her fears, her difficulties. Whether they are of a medical, psychological or social nature, the midwife or the doctor can refer him to other professionals such as for example a specialist doctor, a psychologist, a social worker, etc.
The preparation takes place in several sessions. On average, seven sessions are necessary and will be used to:
- prepare for the return home with Baby.
- know how to care for Baby after birth.
- learn to relax.
- perform bodily exercises such as breathing exercises.
- explain the course of a pregnancy.
- understand the role of each member of the medical team.
These sessions are highly recommended, whether or not it is a first pregnancy. This is because if this is a second pregnancy, the pregnant woman will have more questions during her new pregnancy. One pregnancy is not the other. But in any case, the process must come from her. It is very common for women who are pregnant with a second baby to return if only for the relaxation sessions which are an important part of pregnancy. This allows them to breathe and learn new relaxation techniques.
What happens during a session ?
The courses are generally divided into two parts. A theoretical part and a practical part.
The first part aims to explain what happens during pregnancy. The second consists of reproducing exercises using balls, cushions, positions for the mother-to-be how to relieve pain, how to breathe through the belly, how to push,… And be ready for the big day!
And the dad in this story?
Dad experiences the pregnancy differently from mom, and that’s perfectly normal. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to understand and know how it goes. The dad can of course participate in the sessions and ask questions. The midwife can then give him advice. Like, for example, explaining when to go to the maternity ward, how to reassure the mother, …
Don’t hesitate to speak with a midwife or doctor to ask all your questions and learn more about birth preparation.