Preparation for childbirth: the Bonapace method
Preparation for childbirth: the Bonapace method

This preparation for birth, which appeared in the early 90s, is attracting more and more couples. Its main assets: it really relieves us during contractions, and the future daddy becomes an active partner. Update on this method.

What is the Bonapace method?

The Bonapace method, which comes to us from Canada, combines three techniques: finger pressure, massage, and relaxation which reduce the pain of contractions. By pressing certain precise points, we distract the brain which will secrete endorphins. This method can reduce childbirth pain by 50%. The sensations will be able to guide the mother to know where the baby is, what positions to adopt to facilitate the passage, etc. This method gives mom and partner tools to reduce the perception of pain (physical intensity) and deal with the intense sensations of childbirth (i.e. decrease the unpleasantness).

The Bonapace method: what does it consist of?

When the woman feels pain both during pregnancy and during childbirth, her partner can squeeze certain specific points (called trigger zones) to create a second pain point at a distance, and as a sort of diversion. Not only does the brain focus less on the initial pain, but it also secretes endorphins. These natural hormones, similar to morphine, block the transmission of pain sensations to the brain. These pressures also serve to improve the effectiveness of contractions. As for massages, on the lumbar region, for example, they soothe the expectant mother after the contraction and help her to come into contact with her baby again.

The role of the dad with the Bonapace method

Bonapace method
Bonapace method

“For a couple, the arrival of a child is followed by a period of change and adjustment, which can weaken the relationship. To go through this moment of transition together, parents need to feel confident and united. Giving a place of importance to the father during pregnancy and childbirth by allowing him to play an active role is a major key to achieving this. Research shows that when the father feels competent, useful, and autonomous in supporting his partner during childbirth, communication within the couple, the father-child bond and the esteem of the father and mother are strengthened. ", explains Julie Bonapace, founder of the method. Unlike more traditional methods, the future dad does not just accompany his wife, he also comes to prepare for the birth. Its participation is essential and its role essential. He learns, during the sessions, to locate these “trigger zones”. Eight points are located on the hands, feet, sacrum, and buttocks. The future dad will also learn to massage his wife with gentle and light gestures. This “light touch” acts like a caress that dilutes the pain. During childbirth, he helps his partner to stay focused, without being overwhelmed by apprehension or pain. In the absence of a partner, the mother can also follow the program with the person who will accompany her during the birth.

Relax with the Bonapace method

Everything is done to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth take place in the best conditions through:

  1. Comfort massages, acupressure points on reflex zones that provide relief while activating work.
  2. Breathing and relaxation techniques.
  3. Postures to align the pelvis during pregnancy and to help the baby's passage during labor and delivery.
  4.  Emotional liberation techniques to overcome fears and negative experiences.

The Bonapace method: a three-way encounter

During each session, future parents discover the art and benefits of massage. By touching their baby, they get to know him and establish a three-way dialogue, through their caresses. From birth, they will be more comfortable with their child, will take it easily and spontaneously in their arms, without fear or apprehension.

This preparation can be started from the 24th week of pregnancy. As this method comes from Quebec, the trainers offer online workshops, with the help of a trainer to guide the couple through the e-coaching formula for all physical preparation. Thanks to a webcam, the trainers remotely correct positions and pressure points.

A new birth
A new birth

Childbirth preparation reimbursed

Social security covers 100% of eight birth preparation sessions, from the 6th month of pregnancy (before, they will only be covered at 70%), provided that these sessions are provided by a doctor or a midwife and that they include theoretical information, bodywork (breathing), muscle work (back and perineum) and finally relaxation. To find out about midwives who prepare for birth with the Bonapace method, check with your maternity ward or by consulting the official Bonapace method website at the following address:

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