Lamaze childbirth method
In 1951, Dr. Fernand Lamaze introduced a method of childbirth in France by incorporating techniques he observed in Russia. This method, consisting of childbirth education classes, relaxation, breathing techniques and continuous emotional support from the father and a specially trained nurse, became known as “the Lamaze method.”
Forty years of research and learning from women’s experience of normal, natural birth have provided evidence that has gradually but dramatically changed Lamaze from being a method for giving birth to a philosophy that provides the foundation and direction for women as they prepare to give birth and become mothers. “Breathing” is no longer the hallmark of Lamaze.
Fundamentals for Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a normal, natural life event.
Women’s bodies are perfectly designed to nourish and nurture their babies through pregnancy.
The months of pregnancy are necessary for babies to develop and grow, for women's bodies to prepare for birth and for women to become mothers.
Pregnancy provides an opportunity for mothers and fathers to begin forming lifelong bonds with their babies.
A good support system, a healthy lifestyle and the ability to cope with the stresses of life promote a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth and a healthy baby.
The health-care system and care provider can increase or decrease a woman’s confidence in the normality of pregnancy and in her ability to have a healthy baby.
Lamaze education empowers women to gain confidence in their bodies, trust their inner wisdom and to make informed decisions about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
Fundamentals for 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.
Find a Lamaze Childbirth Class: visit http://www.lamaze.org/FindALamazeChildbirthClass
The few contractions I did have weren't major but I did practice the breathing techniques I learned in childbirth class anyway.