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Labor Birthing Method: Lamaze

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Lamaze is a childbirth preparation method where relaxation, breathing techniques and informed decisions are paramount.

The Lamaze Technique is a natural childbirth technique developed in the 1940s by French obstetrician Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze as an alternative to the use of general anesthesia during labor. Dr. Lamaze was influenced by childbirth practices, which involved breathing and relaxation techniques under the supervision of a midwife. The Lamaze mission is to promote normal, natural, healthy and fulfilling childbearing experiences for women and their families through education, advocacy and reform.

Modern Lamaze childbirth classes teach expectant mothers breathing techniques and often other ways to work with the labor process to reduce the pain often associated with childbirth, such as hot and cold packs, changing positions, the use of a "birthing ball" to remain in a supposedly more natural upright position.

Lamaze Philosophy of Birth

  • Birth is normal, natural, and healthy.
  • The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families. 
  • Women's inner wisdom guides them through birth. 
  • Women's confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth. 
  • Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.
  • Birth can safely take place in homes, birth centers and hospitals. 
  • Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom

Most hospitals, midwives, and even physicians can assist you in finding local Lamaze classes!

 


 
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