Deirdre & Jory
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With a shift away from pain-relief and increasingly pregnant women opting for a natural childbirth experience, Lamaze is one of the most popular ways of managing pain during labor and delivery, not by taking away the pain, but rather by understanding and accept its place during the process of bringing a baby into the world.
One of the most wonderful days of our lives was the adoption of our sweet daughter. We are so grateful of being parents and are looking forward to bringing another child into our home. Our precious little girl is excited about becoming a big sister!
For most women, as the initial joy of finding out they are pregnant begins to fade, a fear of the actual birth starts to take its place. Every mother they know has a birth story to tell, and many of them horror stories which increase anxiety about what will be involved at the final stage of pregnancy. Signing up for a Lamaze program will help demystify the process and educate pregnant women about how they can work with their bodies to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Devised during the late 1950's by Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze, the Lamaze philosophy is that "birth is normal, natural and healthy". It's a philosophy embraced by women who wish to reject the drugs offered during a modern labor and delivery. Instead, Lamaze instructors prepare pregnant women, and their birth partner, for the event by instructing them on not only breathing techniques which can help them through pain barriers, educating on the birthing process by using videos of real deliveries rather than simulated ones, and informing about the realities of drug assisted births.
Moms-to-be are also taught about how actively participating in the process by walking during labor, delivery positions, and how massage and hydrotherapy can all help to keep the focus on keeping the body's energy focused on delivering the baby rather than the pain associated with it.
Lamaze can't be used for all births however and pregnant women taking the classes are also educated on the complications that can arise necessitating in medical intervention so that they are prepared to let go of their natural childbirth dream should such a situation arise for them.