The Lamaze technique was established in the 1940′s by Dr. Fernand Lamaze, a French Obstetrician. Lamaze was influenced by Soviet childbirth practices and he particularly endorsed the role of Midwives during labor. His method began to gain popularity in the USA in the late 1950′s and is now the most commonly used childbirth technique.
The Lamaze Technique uses a Pavlovian response to the pain of childbirth. Lamaze believed that giving birth was a physical exercise that requires both energy and concentration. His method focuses on arming the expectant couple with various tools to ease discomfort and conserve energy in order to control pain as it occurs.
The Lamaze Technique encourages the couple to use deep breathing exercises and various ‘distraction’ techniques, which can include concentrating on pleasant memories, as a way of distracting the woman from the pain of labor.
Lamaze childbirth classes often recommend the benefits associated with changing positions during the birth, as well as the use of hot and cold packs and ‘birthing balls’ to ease contractions.
The Lamaze Philosophy gives parents all the facts, yet allows the couple leverage to use the information in ways that work for them. It’s more liberal approach offers a neutral position with regards to pain medication along with other medical and surgical options. This is left for the couple to decide.
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