Prenatal Affective Exchanges and Their Subsequent Effects in Postnatal Life

  • C. Dolto


This paper is the result of 23 years of haptotherapeutic clinical work with men, women, and children in difficulties and of pre- and postnatal haptonomic accompaniment of pregnancies, normal as well as pathological ones. After training as a pediatrician and several years of psychoanalysis and extensive work with Françoise Dolto (including attending her seminars), I discovered haptonomy in 1979.I committed myself to this practice, which seemed to promise many new possibilities for therapeutic fields, especially in relation to the prevention of problems in parent-child relationships. What this practice has actually brought has far surpassed my hopes.


Subsequent Effect Postnatal Life Muscular Tone Prenatal Life Recovered Memory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Dolto
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  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproduction MedicineUniversity of SienaItaly

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