There is a lot of information available on the internet that expecting parents can access. What sets a Lamaze class apart is that it takes into account the most current research and practices recommended by highly respected professional organizations and presents the information in a manner that is easily understood by parents, that is what Lamaze means when it says it provides top evidence based information.
Lamaze’s Six Healthy Birth Practices set the framework for every Lamaze class. These are highly researched practices that all moms should follow. These practices also take into account that the relationship between expectant mothers and their medical care providers are important. Lamaze instructors aim to enhance the relationship between families and their physicians or midwives.
Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices (from www.lamaze.org)
These practices should be followed unless it is medically necessary to do otherwise.
Healthy Birth Practice #1: Let labor begin on it’s own.
Healthy Birth Practice #2: Walk, move around, change positions throughout labor.
Healthy Birth Practice #3: Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support.
Healthy Birth Practice #4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary.
Healthy Birth Practice #5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your bodies urge to push.
Healthy Birth Practice #6: Keep mother and baby together.