This method, developed by the French obstetrician Ferdinand Lamaze, is used in the United States of America and in most developed countries since late 1950. Lamaze classes remain one of the most popular birth courses. At first, they were focused on the use of controlled breathing techniques in order to help labor, but in time, the Lamaze’s vision has greatly expanded.
The philosophy of Lamaze birth-giving states that birth is a normal, natural, and healthy process and that women have the right to give birth without routine medical interventions. Lamaze classes are not against drugs administered for pain relief during labor.
Lamaze classes are complex classes of prenatal education for pregnant women and aim to help them get prepared for labor, birth, and the parenting role in your baby’s first weeks of life.
These courses generally comprise three sections:
- Child Care
Why such a course?
Because getting prepared for childbirth is important when it comes to natural birth. The fear of the “unknown” and pain creates many anxieties to the mother, and many times, this important moment turns into a traumatic and painful moment.
During the Lamaze course, the moms and future moms will find the answer to questions that concern them and they will practice some scenarios in order to prepare them for the situations that may occur during labor and delivery.
This course will not only help them focus on their pregnancy and birth that is bound to come, but also has a great social function – it is a great place to meet other parents and future parents. Also, along with their partners, they will gain the skills and confidence necessary to make birth a positive experience.
- A few state hospitals, such as North Kansas City Hospital and Liberty Hospital in Kansas offer classes at no cost.
- The national average cost is $110. Classes are usually offered in two- to four-hour sessions over several days, although many facilities also offer one-day intensive sessions of 6-8 hours.
- Costs for birthing or Lamaze classes vary for each hospital, clinic, or baby center, as well as by region or state. Classes in areas with higher costs of living typically charge more than classes in lower-cost areas.
Lamaze Classes for pregnant women include the following topics and many more:
- Information about labor and delivery.
- Which are the medical procedures and interventions, and how do they run.
- Effective relaxation techniques.
- Effective positions for birth and the opportunity to practice them.
- Methods to reduce pain.
- The most effective massage and breathing techniques.
- Necessary indications for correct and efficient nursing.
- How to take care of your baby in the first few weeks of his life.
If you choose Lamaze classes it isn’t necessary to attend any other child care and/or breastfeeding course, because you get all the information you need at Lamaze classes.
We also encourage women that will give birth by cesarean section to attend Lamaze classes.
These classes prepare future parents not only for birth but also for child care and breastfeeding. In addition, each Lamaze course has a section for discussions about cesarean and recovery after surgery.
Who should follow Lamaze classes?
Couple / pregnant with a pregnancy between 26 and 34 weeks.
Duration: Depending on the place you go, the classes last from 4 to 8 weeks, and the total course has 12 hours.