The childbirth preparation course: which one to choose and what it is for

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Childbirth preparation course

Un childbirth preparation course it is that moment of meeting between the future mother and today also the future father (at the 6th, 8th month of pregnancy) and a group of qualified health workers (gynecologist, pediatrician, midwife, social worker, health assistant, psychologist). This series of meetings, which can take place in hospitals, clinics or private clinics, have the purpose of preparing the pregnant woman to face labor and childbirth in a more conscious and serene way and to inform women about the changes in their body caused by pregnancy, how to the fetus develops and grows. Let's see where to take the preparatory course and what type of methodology to choose.

Course program for accompanying birth

I corsi They are divided into:

  1. a theoretical part (anatomy and physiology of the woman, of pregnancy, of the newborn, legal rules regarding gestation, practical advice on how to care for the newborn, the contraceptive methods to be used after childbirth, etc.)
  2. a practical part of easy exercises that serve to produce muscle relaxation.

What is the childbirth preparation course for?

What are the delivery times? results? The statistics unequivocally show a shorter labor, a decrease in "difficult" births and a reduction in the number ofcaesarean sections, moreover today, the preparation for childbirth arises from the need felt by the couple to analyze and better understand aexperience which has lost much of its naturalness and is increasingly medicalised.

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Who is in charge of organizing these corsi is faced with a complex request, which is not limited only to the best techniques for giving birth, but extends to the need to overcome theanxiety related to pregnancy and childbirth, through a more in-depth knowledge of physiological and psychological factors, as well as of the environment where the birth will take place and of the medical staff who will assist you.

The different techniques

Here are some of the best known techniques covered in the preparto courses:

  • Training Autogeno Respiratorio (RAT): derived from Schultz's best known autogenic training, it constitutes the basic technique in preparing for childbirth and aims to achieve various purposes. The term "training" means "training" therefore learning: autogenic training, in fact, provides for the gradual learning of a series of psychic concentration exercises
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Hypnosis
  • Preparation in water (aquagym)
  • Yoga
  • Shiatsu
  • Rebirthing: a very simple and harmonious method that teaches to breathe in a particular way, the one used by all children born from non-traumatic birth, that is by removing the pauses between inhalation and exhalation and, therefore, maintaining a continuous or circular breath
  • Acupuncture and moxibustion: the same points that are stimulated with needles can also be stimulated by the application of heat (moxibustion) or acupressure (shiatsu), more practical methods and easier to apply at home or during labor and childbirth. which can also be performed by operators other than acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Phytotherapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Bach flowers
  • The sound and the music

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How to choose the right course

It should be borne in mind that each technique must be applied to a global vision of the world of the pregnant woman and her partner. So it is not so much the method itself that matters as one methods of preparation and assistance that has the woman and the couple as its hinge. The protagonists are the two architects of this new life that is about to be born, not the hospital structure.

Each method can be useful to women as long as it is carried out with professionalism, with humanity and without leaving aside a theoretical and practical personal preparation by the operators in charge of instructing pregnant women. Therefore, any methodology of childbirth preparation should be the final stage of a course that could be called "Course of Assistance to Pregnancy and Preparation for Birth."

  methods of preparation for childbirth they aim to give women greater serenity and awareness through the analysis and awareness of themselves, of their physical and mental way of being. The primary purpose of the courses is to bring the woman to "feel", and this feeling extends to inner meditation, to listening to the physical sensations that accompany certain exercises.

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