Lamaze method


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Lamaze method

 [lah-mahz´]
a method of preparation for childbirth developed by the French obstetrician Fernand Lamaze, and based on the Russian psychoprophylactic technique of training the mind and body for the purpose of modifying the perception of pain during labor and delivery. The Lamaze method of prepared childbirth involves class sessions for the mother and her partner in which they learn about the birth process and the mechanisms of labor, are taught what to expect and what is expected of them during the birth of their child, and are trained in special exercises that develop neuromuscular control, promote physical conditioning, and eliminate or reduce the need for drugs and instruments during delivery. Advocates of the Lamaze method do not claim complete absence of pain during labor and delivery in every case, but they do feel that the method enriches the lives of the parents in many ways and provides for them a means of sharing the birth experience that is denied to them in the other methods of hospital deliveries.

La·maze meth·od

(lĕ-mahz'),
a technique of psychoprophylactic preparation for childbirth, designed to minimize the pain of labor.

La·maze meth·od

(lĕ-mahz' meth'ŏd)
A technique of psychoprophylactic preparation for childbirth, designed to minimize the pain of labor.

Lamaze,

Fernand, French obstetrician, 1890-1957.
Lamaze method - a technique of psychoprophylactic preparation for childbirth. Synonym(s): Lamaze technique
Lamaze technique - Synonym(s): Lamaze method
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As her time approaches, the mother-to-be receives training in childbirth techniques, including the Lamaze method. There are classes in nutrition, breast and bottle feeding, and daily exercise.
(1956) Painless childbirth: The Lamaze method. Chicago: Henry Regnery Co.
The success of the Lamaze method of prepared childbirth, a method that is similar to hypnosis, relies on two approaches: (1) it serves to educate the parents about labor and delivery, so they may become informed participants; and (2) it prepares a woman to tolerate contractions with breathing, focusing, and progressive relaxation.