Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Prenatal Bonding (BA): A Method for Encountering the Unborn Introduction and Case Study

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Prenatal Bonding (BA): A Method for Encountering the Unborn Introduction and Case Study

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Abstract: Part I - Introduction: Prenatal Bonding BA (* Bindungsanalyse by Raffai) provides the possibility of creating an intense bonding between mother and fetus, of being witness to the development of the fetus in the womb, to realize early prenatal traumas as well to have the chance for immediate healing. In this respect the method is at the same time an instrument of pre- and perinatal research, an empowerment of bonding between mother and fetus and a great help for giving birth much more easily After birth the baby has a remarkable degree of self-esteem and full access to its personal potential. Part II - Transgenerational Impacts of Prenatal Violence: In a detailed case study the influence of the transgenerationale history over 4 generations appears in the perception of the baby in the womb on a symbolic level. The destructiveness of this history severely endangers the actual pregnancy to premature birth or even miscarriage. By Prenatal Bonding (BA) and the help of the father the peril can be managed and balanced. The baby's own strength and his willpower to survive can be observed.

Keywords: Prenatal Bonding (BA), dialogue with fetus, caesarean section, postpartum depression.

Part I: Introduction

The Inception of Prenatal Bonding (BA)

Prenatal Bonding (BA) had its origin in the early 1990s, when Jenö Raffai of Hungary did psychoanalytic basic research with young psychiatric in-patients. During his treatments he observed a special psychodynamic constellation, namely a lack of inner boundaries between patients and their mothers in early childhood, creating confusion about reality later in life. Jenö Raffai (1995, 1998a) subsequently assumed that schizophrenia has roots in gestation, if inner boundaries between mother and fetus are not well established. Raffai (1997, 1998b, 2009) intended to develop a preventive method which instructed mothers to set and experience inner boundaries between themselves and their unborn babies. Raffai on his own has provided more than 1200 women with Prenatal Bonding (BA) in Hungary and carefully documented the outcomes by observation. He found that the method has a profound effect on pregnancy and childbirth in general and on the development of the child's personality. Raffai noted that Prenatal Bonding (BA) is intended primarily as a facilitating process.

The Method Of Prenatal Bonding (BA)

Prenatal Bonding (BA) is begun at about the 20th week of pregnancy. The following setting is required: The pregnant woman lies on a comfortable mattress in a relaxed position with the intention to focus on her inner perceptions. Sessions start with centering on awareness of breathing, body feelings, and emotions. By focussing her awareness the facilitator helps the woman to come into contact with more and more inner images, such as we know from our dreams. Images are seen to be symbols of words, body feelings, and emotions. Gradually the images become more frequent, creating a flow of information and communication between the mother and the unborn and this creates the "umbilical cord of both souls." Mothers find out how their babies are developing, what they are feeling and needing, even about things that might be threatening or dangerous. It is much easier and more impressive for mothers, as well as less expensive, less invasive, and less dangerous for babies to gain information this way, as compared to ultrasound or medical tests. The most powerful effect: Prenatal Bonding (BA) enables a dialogue in images with the unborn.

Improvements In The Pregnancy

Raffai recommends that the pregnancy and the development of the baby has a better outcome if a inner separation between the pregnant woman and her own mother has taken place, which concerns the growth of the pregnant woman from the role of the "daughter of her mother" to the "mother of her baby." Prior to birth a second process of separation is facilitated by a number of explicit steps. For example, the unborn is invited to say goodbye to the intrauterine world of his mother. …

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