Lamaze Method

Young couple expecting their first childLamaze is a method of childbirth developed by French obstetrician Ferdinand Lamaze. This method of childbirth is one of the most commonly taught methods and has been popular in the United States for over 50 years. The core of Lamaze is focused on the utilization of controlled breathing to cope with pain, but the entire methodology is much broader than simply controlled breathing.

Lamaze International states that their goal is to, “increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth”. With that, controlled breathing is just one of the coping methods that women are taught in Lamaze classes. It is also important to note that the Lamaze method is not opposed to medical interventions. Instead, the focus is on making sure women are educated and empowered to give true informed consent when presented with this option.

Lamaze classes include over 12 hours of instruction and are normally limited to 12 couples or less. The course covers the following topics:

*Normal labor, birth, and the early postpartum period, usually accompanied with videos of real births
* How to be active and informed in the birth process
* Focused breathing techniques
* Additional relaxation and coping techniques, such as massage, walking, position change, and hydrotherapy
* Instruction to help your partner be encouraging during the birth process
* The value of one-on-one professional support during labor
*Instruction on how to communicate effectively with your healthcare team so your needs are met
* Information on complications that can arise during labor and the medical interventions that may be necessary
* Information on managing pain with medication (i.e. epidurals)
* Early interactions with baby
* Breastfeeding

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18 comments

  1. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I have a friend who tried this but ended up Csec for complication towards third trimester. She said she enjoyed the program still

  2. Avatar of Alanna Alanna says:

    I’m also just a little skeptical.

  3. Avatar of Jessica Jessica says:

    This is really interesting! I never realized how much information you learned from just taking Lamaze Classes!

  4. Avatar of joyce joyce says:

    these classes do help if you can stay focused but sometimes the pain and fear take over. I just listen to my body and let my body tell me what to do. Of course I don’t mind pain medication either.

  5. A couple of my friends took these classes and they some said it really helped them during their labor and some said it didn’t. I’m a little skeptical about it.

  6. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Hope it works heard you forget alot of techniques at the moment

  7. I am getting so scared to give birth…Hopefully the class I will be taking will make me feel more confident.

  8. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    Started birthing classes last week, they are Lamaze based and I must say I really enjoyed it.

  9. Personally I like this method better than the Bradley, simply because it works on empowering you and your child through breathing and water. It just seems more of a….happier method lol

  10. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I haven’t thought about Lamaze classes until now.

  11. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    There are some free classes where I live. The website is bbmomsclub.com. I am sure that if you’re not from any of those areas you could email someone to find out if there is something like it available in your area. Or ask at your doctor’s office, that’s where I learned about this site.

  12. Avatar of Carol Carol says:

    There are so many other birth methods as well.

  13. Is this class covered by insurance?

  14. did you have to pay? Insurance cover it?

  15. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    i haven’t found any free classes here in utah, in missouri they were free…

  16. i enrolled in a 12 week class already and i do plan to breastfeed

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