The Lamaze method is a natural childbirth philosophy and practices the pillar of which is the belief in the powers of a woman to give life following her instincts, without interventions, but with comfort and support. A philosophy that claims “birth is normal, natural, and healthy”.
The Lamaze educators believe that the physiology of the female body is designed to support this important event and active participation of the mom-to-be in the birthing process is vital to the way it progresses.
According to Lamaze International, the goal of Lamaze classes is to “increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth.” The classes aim to help women “learn how to respond to pain in ways that both facilitate labor and increase comfort.”
The six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices (2009) are the foundation of Lamaze preparation for birth and reflect the evolution of the Lamaze approach to childbirth, one that incorporates a complete understanding of the physiology of labor and birth and the danger of interfering in the natural physiologic process of birth without a clear medical indication.
I always thought of Lamaze as “that breathing thing” from back in the day (you know, the birth class featured on all the old television shows). In fact, Lamaze has evolved a lot over the years. So if you’re wondering “how does the Lamaze method help …