It seems like every 90s-sitcom had at least one episode in which an expecting couple went to Lamaze class to prepare for a baby. Surrounded by a bunch of new parents and an instructor, of course everything went wrong and hilarity ensues (don’t you miss the 90s?). Besides being a corny sitcom plotline, Lamaze is actually a very useful discipline. But the practice is waning in popularity, so we ask the question should we or shouldn’t we Lamaze?
History tells us that French obstetrician Fernand Lamaze created the technique in the 1940s after a trip to the Soviet Union. The method came to the States by way of Marjorie Karmel after she published the techniques in her book Thank You, Dr. Lamaze.
What many people don’t realize is that Lamaze is more than just breathing techniques, it is a comprehensive guide to managing pregnancy and childbirth. Lamaze International is the official website for the practice and it features a wealth of resources on everything from sex during pregnancy to nutrition.
Lamaze is almost like a way of life. Pregnant women and couples can use the information from the moment of conception all the way up to the childbirth. The Lamaze International website has a section that allows you to find classes in your area, track your pregnancy through an app, or take Lamaze classes online.
Lamaze classes cover five major categories: pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, baby care and parenting. The classes are great for first-time parents who have no clue about babies. It’s also good for parents who want to learn new ways to adjust to life with an additional child or improve their parenting techniques.
Lamaze instructors are usually licensed doulas, nurses, or other health professionals that have certified Lamaze training from the organization. They all have first-hand experience with childbirth and child rearing.
So, should you Lamaze? The choice is up to you. Although the internet is filled with information, Lamaze classes may be a time for you and your partner to connect to each other and the baby in a new and exciting way. Plus, you might meet some new friends that could turn into playdates for your child.