Lamaze childbirth method is the method which prepares a
woman for coping with stressful birthing process. It helps to face challenges of
labour and also facilitates a normal delivery. To know in detail about Lamaze
childbirth method, read on.
Lamaze is a childbirth
method that constitutes physical and psychological preparation so as to enable
the mother to suppress labour
pain and facilitate a normal delivery without the overt usage of drugs. The
method has gained immense popularity since its inception and in recent times as
it has proved to be an effective way to deal with the stress revolving around
the culmination of pregnancy.
It is named after Dr. Fernand Lamaze in 1951 in France.
Initially it started off as a breathing technique that induces relaxation and
relieves stress but today, Lamaze works around a broader philosophy that
enhances the mother’s stamina and core strength.
Care Practices in Lamaze
Let us have a look at the six care practices in Lamaze
method of childbirth.
- Let the labour begin by itself.
the woman move around freely even after she enters the labour, that is, if she
is comfortable in moving around.
all the necessary support to the woman as soon as she enters labour, it should
- The routine interventions should be limited as
much as possible during the period of labour and birth.
- Never let the childbirth happen with the
mother on her back.
After delivery, the mother should not be separated from
or babies. There must not be any intervention and mother should breastfeed the newborn continuously.
Does Lamaze Take Place?
Typically, Lamaze classes are held at an educational room
in the nursing home or hospital, at the clinic of the doctor, or at the birth
centre. Women entering the last phase of pregnancy
are required to attend the classes along with their partners. This renders a
positive psychological impact on the mother-to-be who is about to enter the
challenge of labour.
is Taught at The Lamaze Classes?
The Lamaze educator will educate you and your partner by
making you aware of the details of childbirth and the techniques that you are
required to follow in order to have a relaxed childbirth. You will be provided
with examples and demonstrations with models, or any other mode of explanation
regarding the normal delivery and labour. The woman is taught the most
important technique of focused breathing along with several other stress
busting techniques that aim at inducing relaxation. The partner is on the other
hand taught on how he can be helpful and offer support during the labour
The technique commences by teaching on how to take in a
deep ‘cleansing’ breath. This is then followed by a series of various types of
exhalation processes, which involve slow breathing and short puffing breathing.
One has to in the meanwhile repeat certain sounds like “hee, hee, hoo”. The
objective of the entire procedure is to help the woman concentrate on her
breathing techniques by solely concentrating on it. It helps to take the mind
away from the pain of labour.
Tools of Lamaze
Several other tools are also taught that help the woman
to stay in control during the stressful birth process. They are all comforting
ones and involve massages, repositioning of the body that brings in comfort and
helps the baby within to come to the desired spot for delivery. The various
ways of muscle relaxation are also taught and how to apply hot and cold
compresses so that the abdomen and pelvic region is soothed.
The uniqueness of Lamaze lies in the fact that the woman
is taught to remain in control throughout the labour and delivery process. One
needs to understand that Lamaze in not against pain medication, if it is
required. The only objective is to help the woman understand her body and well.
She should be able to make ‘informed consent’ or ‘informed refusal’ of the
procedures that are offered. She is taught to be aware of what her body
actually ‘needs’ at a certain point. Of course, the doctor should take the
final call depending on the medical condition of the woman.