Lamaze is a technique of breathing, relaxation and various other methods used during labor. It was founded by Dr. Fernand Lamaze in France during the 1940’s. It is a whole philosophy which also involves continuous labor support to the mother in form of doulas.
Birth is a normal, natural and healthy process. Birthing experience affects the women and their families in an irreversible manner. Women are encouraged to use their own inner wisdom and are made confident about the whole phenomenon.
Principles associated with Lamaze – Pregnancy Guidance Training:
This converts a very scary idea of the baby passing through the birth canal to a very normal one by repeated reinforcements and improving the confidence of the mother. It teaches about various labor positions, breathing techniques, massage techniques, relaxation etc to the parents. Spouse involvement is encouraged at each and every step. Both partners attend together creating a bond not only during labor but afterward also during baby care also. Father is an active member and not only passively sitting outside confused what to do.
Benefits of massage in form of comfort, relaxation and pain relief are taught to the partner.
Important aspects associated with Lamaze Training: