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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:
- Let Labor begin on its own
- Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
- Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
- Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
- Avoid giving birth on the back and follow the body’s urge to push
- Keep mother and baby together- it’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding
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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