par De Coster, Lotta ;De Gheest, Françoise ;Naziri, Despina
Référence Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), The infant’s Relational Worlds: Family, Community, and Culture, page (65)
Publication Publié, 2006
Publication dans des actes
Résumé : The birth under water could be a way of bringing together the best of natural childbirth with modern medicine. This practice of childbirth excludes epidural analgesia but the hot bath itself attenuates labour pains. The authors present some results of a qualitative research carried out on 6 primigravid mothers and their partners on the impact of taking a hot water bath during labour, delivery and childbirth, on the birth experience and the early parent-child relationship. The methods that were used to study the perception of the birth experience and the early interaction with the baby on a conscious and unconscious level were an anamnesis, a semi-directive interview, a projective test and a test of differential semantics. Results concerning the mother showed that she described a richer experience of her body at the moment of childbirth, a feeling of being more active with better self control, a higher self esteem coming from the absence of medication, a better way of experiencing the active-passive duality of childbirth and an identification to the baby. In regards to the father, results showed that the waterbirth made him feel involved and important. In respect to the early mother-child relationship, the mothers described how the new-born baby participated actively in the interaction. In conclusion, it appears that the aquatic birth is associated with several positive aspects and that it contributes to creating good conditions for satisfying early parent-child relationship and interaction.