Lamaze Technique

The Lamaze technique aims to enhance a mother’s confidence in giving birth by teaching methods in coping with labor pain. This was popularized by Fernand Lamaze, a French obstetrician, in the 1950s. This technique advocates that labor should begin on its own, women in labor should move around and change positions, have a loved one for continuous support, and avoid unnecessary interventions. Mothers should also avoid giving birth on their backs, respond to their urge to push, and often be with their babies for breast-feeding and cuddling. Modern Lamaze classes incorporate techniques such as massage, using hot and cold packs, having birth balls, and breathing practices.

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