As the most widely used childbirth method in America, Lamaze classes approach childbirth as a natural and healthy process. It does not support or discourage the use of medicines or routine medical interventions during labor and delivery. Both the mother-to-be and a supportive partner, who helps to distract the mother, are fully trained in Lamaze techniques. The techniques rely on supervised training and practice in relaxation techniques during the weeks before the birth. Expectant mothers perform exercises to strengthen the abdomen and relax the muscles around the birth canal; this preparation helps to reduce the strain of pushing during delivery. Another exercise is the rehearsal of deep chest breathing and rapid, shallow breathing during periods of maximum strain; this technique helps to reduce uterine tension. Lamaze training also includes instruction in the processes of labor and delivery.
Lamaze classes are conducted at most major hospitals in the PRD. Call these hospitals for more details