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All About the Lamaze Method

Considering taking a Lamaze Method childbirth class? Check out the history and basic principles of this popular natural childbirth technique and find out if it might be right for you.
pregnant woman An Introduction to Lamaze

Lamaze is the oldest and most popular technique of childbirth preparation in the United States. One in four deliveries -- or about one million births a year -- is to a woman educated in the Lamaze method.

The method originated in the 1960s with the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (ASPO), but didn't get really popular until the 1970s. Lamaze is popularly known for its rhythmic breathing techniques.

Lamaze is popularly known for its rhythmic breathing techniques, which emphasize active concentration and promote relaxation. The rhythmic breathing patterns help women turn their attention away from their contractions.