Lamaze focuses on Six Healthy Birth Practices

Supported by research studies that examine the benefits and risks of maternity care practices, these six birth practices are the foundation of Lamaze childbirth classes taught around the world. These healthy practices are designed to simplify the birth process in order to alleviate fear and manage discomfort. 

Evidence-based care means using the best research about the effects of specific procedures, drugs, tests, and treatments, to help guide decision-making during labor and birth. This is the gold standard for maternity care worldwide. Yes, hospitals and medical care providers such as your OB or midwife, are often well aware of the latest research and recommendations based on these findings. That's all fine and wonderful until you consider the fact it takes - on average - 17 YEARS for medical professionals to change the way they practice!

Regardless of your baby’s size, your labor’s length and complexity, or your confidence level, these care practices will help keep labor and your baby's birth as safe and healthy as possible. Keep reading to learn how each of these six practices can help you optimize your birth outcome...