Lamaze Breathing Technique
The Lamaze technique was developed by a French Doctor in 1951 called Fernand Lamaze. His technique was influenced by the Russians who developed a method of pain control used by laboring women called psycho prophylaxis, meaning “mind prevention”. This method was refined with time and most women can use it to have natural childbirth.
Today, Lamaze promotes a philosophy of personal empowerment while providing general childbirth education (Wikipedia). Lamaze classes teach mothers the way to deliver by reducing pain associated to childbirth, and by promoting natural birth. It no longer claims to be a technique to achieve painless childbirth, but rather an effective method for coping with the pain.
It also teaches women how to take a decision to a problem in Labor. If medication needed, she should not feel guilty and regrets should not overshadow the positive emotions of childbirth.
The typical Lamaze class consists of at least 12 hours of instruction and includes no more than 12 couples. Here's what the class covers: (lamaze.org)
- Normal labor and birth (using videos of real births) and the early postpartum period
- How to be active and informed participants during the birth
- Focused breathing techniques for labor
- Other relaxation techniques and natural strategies to help you work with labor pain, such as massage, walking, position changes, and hydrotherapy
- Tips to help your partner encourage and support you during labor
- The value of one-on-one professional support during labor
- How to communicate with your healthcare team so your needs are met
- Complications that could arise during labor and birth, and interventions that might be medically necessary
- Epidurals and other options for managing pain with medication
- Early interaction with your baby
Lamaze classes would prepare and familiarize the couple to all kind of information and techniques needed during delivery. It helps women to know how to respond to pain to facilitate labor and augment their comfort.