Antenatal sophrology: what, why, where?

Antenatal sophrology: what, why, where?

22 January 2015

In addition to the traditional informative and necessary preparation for birth, several more approaches have been developed to help mothers-to-be prepare for the big day.  Sophrology, a method of relaxation based on breathing and self-awareness, is now practiced during pregnancy with the help of specially trained midwives.  But what are the benefits of Sophrology during pregnancy?  And how is it practiced?

“Sophrology can be a valuable means of assistance during labor in so far as the future mum can learn to control her breathing, which is obviously essential for the big day”, explains Farah Bensaid, Sophrologist*.  But Sophrology is more than a simple breathing technique; it allows the mother, through visualization and positive projections, to overcome fears related to pregnancy and childbirth, to think differently about pain and prepare serenely for the birth.

How does a session work?  For Julie Lemaire, creator of Maman Zen**, it’s essential to start by learning their needs for that day, in order to adapt the session.  It’s the opportunity for the mum-to-be to express her concerns, her beliefs and the areas that she would like to work on.  Following this there is a moment of physical relaxation, allowing her to enter a state between consciousness and sleep, in which the person is particularly receptive to positive suggestions.  Guided by the voice of the Sophrologist, the person visualises certain events – for example their first moments with their baby or the proceedings of the birth – in a positive way, while resisting the temptation to imagine only catastrophic scenarios.  And if the birth doesn’t go as well as expected?  “Sophrology is there to give tools to the mum-to-be,” explains Julie: “the tools to let go, accept, to create a bubble of well-being, to relax and to distance yourself, even in difficult situations”.

Although the primary goal of Sophrology is not to establish communication with the baby, this often becomes apparent at the end of the session: the baby enjoys the mother’s relaxation! “This physical state of being is necessary for connection with the baby,” explains Julie.  “This could be the opportunity for a pregnant woman who has already one or two more children to take her time with this pregnancy to connect herself with her new baby.  The more the future mother is attentive to her physical feelings, the more she will establish a privileged exchange with her baby”, summarized Farah.

Is Sophrology an exclusive method for birth preparation? “In no way does Sophrology substitute preparation with a midwife” replied Julie.  “The two approaches are different and complement each other, and the monitoring by a midwife remains vital”.

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  1. frabboni
    12th February 2015, 16:53

    bonjour, je me permet de vous envoyer un lien d’une fédération qui permet de trouver des professionnels et ecoles en France, ayant suivi un enseignement sérieux : N’hesitez pas à demander, certain(e)s sophrologues sont spécialisés pour accompagner les mamans durant leur grossesse et à l’arrivée de bébé! je vous souhaite un beau chemin !

  2. sweetlilou
    16th August 2015, 19:54

    Préparer son accouchement grâce à des cours de sophrologie peut être extrêmement bénéfique pour les futures mamans. Que ce soit en complément de cours de préparation à l’accouchement classiques, ou bien en tant que méthode de préparation à part entière, la sophrologie peut apporter relaxation et confiance en soi.a sophrologie peut vous aider à visualiser de façon positive votre futur accouchement. Des cours sont dispensés dans certains services de néonatologie parisiens ou ailleurs en France. C’est le cas notamment à la maternité Notre-Dame de Bons-Secours, qui en plus d’avoir des urgences en obstétrique à Paris, propose également des cours de sophrologie pour les futures mamans, par petit groupe et tout au long de la grossesse. Pour en savoir plus:

  3. 1st May 2016, 15:17

    En effet, la sophrologie est une aide très efficace tout au long de la grossesse et pour préparer l’accouchement. Elle permet également de créer un lien privilégié avec le bébé in utero. Elle permet aussi de gérer les troubles liés à la grossesse et d’accepter les modifications de son corps tout au long de cette période particulière. En complément de la préparation à la naissance dispensée par la sage femme, le sophrologue formé à la préparation à la maternité peut vous apporter des outils précieux qui vous seront très bénéfiques pour gérer la fatigue, les angoisses, et vivre sereinement votre grossesse et l’arrivée de bébé. Pour en savoir plus :
    Maureen Augras – Sophrologue à Lille

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