In the 1950’s, a French Obstetrician named Fernand Lamaze developed a method of breathing and relaxation to help women manage the pain during childbirth. Lamaze today has come a long way from just breathing. The six Lamaze healthy birthing practices designed to promote safe birthing, based on the best medical evidence available are:
Lamaze childbirth education classes provide couples with opportunities to understand the entire process of birth through education. It instils confidence in women to give birth in a simple, easier and healthy manner. Lamaze classes are great confidence builders for the couple. Through the sessions, both mother and father understand the changes the woman is going through mentally and physically. It prepares them for the present and future through discussion on current discomforts, labor, breastfeeding and taking care of the new born. It gives couples a chance to talk about dilemmas, gives a space for people going through similar situations to talk and discuss issues/opinions/fears/good moments/bad moments and so much more.
A typical Lamaze class will be 3 sessions of 3-4 hours each, spread over consecutive weekends. Ideally a couple should take up Lamaze sessions in the third trimester of pregnancy.
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