Lamaze Classes – What Is All The Hype About?

What is Lamaze?

Lamaze ( to be pronounced as La-maaz)  is named after a French physician Dr. Fernand Lamaze. It is a form of exercise and breathing method, which is taught to pregnant women which helps in alleviating some of the pain associated with labor.

Why is there a hype for Lamaze?

The approach started in the 1950s in France, and over years, it has massively spread across borders and now it is a preferred childbirth preparation programme worldwide.

When should you start Lamaze classes?

Any time after your first trimester is good. Speak to your doctor and find out few good places which conduct Lamaze classes. The earlier you start, the better. That way your muscles get accustomed and you are well prepared for your labor mentally and physically.

Should your partner be present?

Most of the Lamaze classes require your partner’s participation. This helps in helping your partner transit into fatherhood, along with giving them the right tools to support you emotionally and physically during delivery and birth.

What are the key components that Lamaze focuses on?

Lamaze = breathing techniques + exercises & routines + a bonding experience

  1. Breathing exercises: The Lamaze breathing technique is the “key component” which helps you focus on controlled breathing than the pains of labor.
  2. Exercises & Routines: These help you maintain a healthy & active lifestyle during pregnancy. They include pregnancy exercises, massage techniques, relaxation methods, body positions and movement etc.
  3. Bonding experience: Tips and tricks to handle pregnancy and labor help in spousal bonding. Lamaze also focuses on helping a smoother transition to parenthood by making the couple know how to navigate through it.

Lamaze, in a nutshell, is a holistic approach to childbirth and make the labor process as painless and smooth without the need for any drugs or medication. So, set aside all your apprehensions and speak to few expectant/new mothers and find out how these prenatal classes helped them during their delivery and pregnancy and then take the plunge and enroll yourself!






Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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