Childbirth Education Course: Lamaze 101 | Fit Pregnancy

Lamaze 101

A childbirth education course that focuses on increasing your confidence and providing reliable, unbiased information for a safe and healthy birth, rather than a particular “method.”

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When you attend a Lamaze class taught by a certified instructor, you can expect your teacher to:

Present evidence-based pregnancy and birth practices that are safe, healthy, and supported by research.

1. Help guide you as you navigate all of your options, including risks and benefits, without the biases that can come from other sources.

2. Provide information on how your body was designed for birth and encourage you to work with your body’s abilities.

3. Teach and offer opportunities to practice strategies for natural pain management during labor, as well as how to reduce unnecessary medical interventions, and receive continuous support

4. Suggest ideas for bonding with your baby, stress the importance of skin-to-skin contact, and review breastfeeding and baby care basics.

5. Review the postpartum period – what to expect and signs of postpartum depression.

A Lamaze class can take many forms. First-time parents can expect 12 hours of instruction, which can take place over multiple sessions. Alternative forms of Lamaze classes are also available, including “refresher” courses, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) classes, and classes that focus just on movement and comfort measures during labor and birth.

A Lamaze class can take place in person or online, and may be one-on-one instruction or with other couples. If you find yourself wanting more information on a particular topic – whether during your pregnancy or after birth – you can contact your instructor, who has multiple resources at her fingertips.

It’s true that a Lamaze class is an investment of your time and effort. You’ll need to search for a class and clear a spot on your calendar. But time and again, women who take Lamaze classes report feeling more confident about birth knowing they have the best information and resources for a safe and healthy birth.

To find a Lamaze class near you, check out your local birth network’s website, do a simple Google search for one in your area, or better yet, visit the “Find a Lamaze Class” directory on the Lamaze website.

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