Excellencies - The birth point

Courses and services Pre and Post Partum

Pregnancy and neomaternity represent for the woman a significant evolutionary step, during which deep and complex changes are experienced on the physiological, bodily, psychological and relational levels.

There are several courses and services at the San Giuseppe Hospital, aimed at helping and supporting women in this period.

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Pre-partum classes are designed to introduce mothers to the richness of these nine months. They aim to promote the well-being of the mother through the understanding of the changes that the body goes through and the different possibilities to promote them, but also to make known and decode the different phases that touch the emotionality of the pregnant woman. It also wants to prepare future mothers to deal with labor and childbirth in a safe and conscious way.

At the San Giuseppe Hospital, the courses start on a monthly basis and are organized in a homogeneous way with respect to the expected date of delivery of the registered pregnant women, forming small groups of no more than fifteen expectant mothers and also provide for the participation of fathers.

The course is divided into eight weekly meetings before the birth and one last meeting after the birth of all children.

In order to meet the needs of all women, it is also possible to carry out the course individually.

The extraordinary peculiarities of breast milk are not only due to the sophisticated biological characteristics but also to the value of breastfeeding within the relationship between mother and child.
All mothers who give birth at the San Giuseppe Hospital can count on the support of the nursing and obstetric staff for all the problems related to breastfeeding and puerperium in the first 40 days post partum.

Massage is a privileged way to communicate and be in contact with your child: it promotes the attachment phase and reinforces the parent-child relationship. It stimulates the baby’s state of well-being and can be a good support for sleep-wake rhythm disorders. It facilitates the knowledge of the various parts of the body, developing the self-image; it has an anti-stress function and favours the relaxation of both mother and child; it stimulates, strengthens and stabilises the various systems and apparatus of the newborn baby.

How it articulates

Five one-hour meetings with a specialist nurse.


  • Full learning of the massage sequence.
  • Work on the relaxation of the child through the “relaxing touch”.
  • Moments of reflection on the strengthening of the parent-child bond.
  • Experiences of non-verbal communication.
  • Effectiveness of massage for problems of gaseous colic, constipation, meteorism, inconsolable crying.
  • Use of massage in special situations: hospitalized child, premature child, disabled child, foster child.

To promote the psychophysical well-being of women during pregnancy, it may be useful to promote the acquisition of tools that can facilitate the management of perceived levels of stress and act on minor physical disorders commonly found (eg, fatigue, heaviness in the legs, abdominal tension, lumbago and cervicalgia with neck muscle contracture).

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (RMP) is a psycho-body relaxation technique based on psychophysiological principles that connect body and mind. By learning to reduce the residual tension accumulated in the muscles, through simple exercises that gradually involve the whole body, it is possible to achieve deep relaxation at the body level and, for a “cascading” effect, at the psychic level.

The RMP technique, once learned, can be practiced independently according to your needs at any time pre – and post – partum.

How it is articulated

Group course (minimum 6 people – maximum 10 people) conducted by a psychologist. There will be a cycle of 8 weekly meetings lasting one hour each.

The meetings are structured as follows:

  • initial phase: practice of the Body Scan (moment of awareness of one’s body in the here and now) and breathing exercises;
  • central phase: performance of the RMP exercises, which will gradually affect the body as a whole;
  • final phase: repetition of the Body Scan, gentle awakening and sharing of the sensations experienced during the session.

The course is dedicated to women who have given birth between three and nine months after they have performed an assessment of the functionality of the pelvic floor or completed a path of individual rehabilitation.

The objectives are as follows:

  • prevention of perineal dysfunctions and disorders
  • recognition of perineal muscles and agonist and antagonist muscles
  • re-education and increased neuromuscular control
  • strengthening the tone of the pelvic musculature
  • strengthening of the mother-child bond


Perineal proprioception through muscle contraction and relaxation in different postures with increasing difficulty. Use of voice and breath. Involvement of children to carry out the different exercises proposed.

How to articulate

Six 60-minute meetings a week.

Groups of maximum 5 mother/child pairs.

The meetings proposed by the San Giuseppe Hospital are intended to be an opportunity for new parents to share their emotional experiences and, at the same time, to make their own information about this period.

Together with the psychologist, different themes are addressed:

  • Experiences and emotions related to childbirth and the first day-months at home
  • Mother-child attachment
  • Breastfeeding
  • Sleep
  • Couple relationship
  • Relations with the families of origin.

How it is articulated

Two small group meetings held by a psychologist who takes care of the perinatal area of about 2 hours each with a bi-weekly frequency.