– Lamaze for Parents –
What is Lamaze Class? The Lamaze method was founded by Dr. Lamaze. It was later developed into childbirth education classes which grew into a nationwide non-profit organization by Marjoie Karmel and Elizabeth Bing. Classes promote relaxation, continuous emotional support from partner, breathing techniques and other tools to help mothers birth with confidence.
What do they believe? Classes are based on the belief that creating a partnership with the provider, involving a birth partner and making support and education available to expectant mothers increases chances of a healthy birth, pregnancy and early parenting. The main principles of the Lamaze Method focus on the normalcy of childbirth, women’s inner wisdom as a guide through labor, the capability of women to birth naturally without interventions and the acknowledgment of the effects of birth on a woman, her partner and their family.
Is it right for me? This method has simple guidelines and evidence based information. The classes are great for integrating fathers and partners and can prepare you for your birthing experience in any setting: home, hospital or birthing center. If you’re looking for something that focuses more on an in depth holistic approach to childbirth, this class may not be for you. Call first to make
sure that this class can give you what you’re looking for in a Childbirth Education Class, because although Lamaze may be advertised in the name, the classes vary in content and focus, depending on where it is held and who is teaching.
Where can I find a class in your area?
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