Popular since the 1970s, Lamaze is continually evolving to meet the needs of today’s modern moms-to-be.
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As women changed over the last four decades, so has Lamaze.
“We don’t call it ‘natural’ or ‘prepared’ any more,” says Barbara Hotelling, president of Lamaze International, “but rather ‘normal’ childbirth.” The term “normal” implies, for example, that labor starts on its own and interventions, such as the artificial rupture of the membrane, are not routinely administered.
Today’s Lamaze classes, Hotelling says, are more interactive than they used to be and instructors use a greater variety of teaching strategies. Breathing techniques, like the much-disparaged “dog panting,” are de-emphasized and replaced with labor-support techniques, such as massage and aromatherapy. Above all, Lamaze today is focused on helping women become fully informed and confident about childbirth.