The Lamaze Method of childbirth is part of a bigger organization, Lamaze International, which also advocates for “healthy and safe pregnancy, birth and early parenting”. The expectant parents, their medical teams and Lamaze educators work together to achieve this common goal. Lamaze practices are based on medical research and promote the notion that childbirth is a normal, natural process, and requires as little intervention as possible. However, Lamaze is not about just giving birth. It is about healthy and safe pregnancy, and learning how to be a parent to a new baby. Lamaze educators’ mission is to normalise natural birth and empower women all over the world to trust their bodies and make informed choices.
The Lamaze method first came to United Stated in the 1950s from France. Dr. Fernand Lamaze was inspired by the birthing practices in Russia and decided to incorporate them in his home country. The idea of birth as an intimate experience that involves both parents became widely popular in the US. In the 1960, childbirth educators Elisabeth Bing and Marjorie Karmel (Dr. Lamaze’s former patient and the author of ” Thank You, Dr. Lamaze”) founded the Lamaze International (first known as ASPO/Lamaze), which helped millions of couples have the natural births they wanted.
What are the benefits of Lamaze?
At the heart of the Lamaze Method is “a family-centered maternity care”. The Lamaze supporters maintained that a with the proper preparation and emotional support of family and the healthcare providers, women can have a satisfying birth experience, which supports the mother’s and baby’s wellbeing. Lamaze maintains, that based on scientific evidence, women are capable of delivering babies naturally and safely. The Lamaze Method benefits are:
- reduced unnecessary medical interventions
- improved birth outcomes
- supports home births and birth centers
- empowers women to trust their intuition and their bodies during pregnancy and labor
- informational and emotional support during the birth
- certified instructors
- tips on how to find a doula and select a trusted and supportive medical team
- helps couples communicate effectively with the medical team regarding the medical practices used during the birth, as well as their risks and side effects
- tips on healthy pregnancy including nutrition, exercise and bed rest
- information of the birthing process, labor stages
- ways to reduce pain during labor, breathing and birthing positions
- tips for the birth partner on how to provide the best support to the mother in labor
- breast feeding support
- advice on how to take care of the newborn
Lamaze childbirth educators conduct courses in hospitals, at home, online, in community centers, in medical offices and hospitals. Couples have a choice on wether they want to attend a class that lasts a weekend or a few weeks.
How to find a Lamaze Certified Instructor near me?
Check Lara’s Calendar for Training Workshops and Classes or Visit Lamaze International for Parents to find classes near you or call toll free: (800)-368-4404. Note: a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) has to be certified only by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which requires passing an international examination.