I've heard Lamaze is a good way to prep for childbirth. Should I take a class?
Sure, why not? Used by one-fourth of all mothers, Lamaze is by far the most popular childbirth method. You’ll learn simple, natural strategies like rhythmic breathing, hydrotherapy, massage, position changes, and walking to use during delivery. Your labor partner will also learn how to encourage and support you. The classes (at least 12 hours overall) include a wide range of info on what to expect during and after delivery, possible complications, how to be an active participant and effectively communicate with hospital staff, and tips for breastfeeding and interacting once baby comes. Contrary to what you may have heard, Lamaze is not anti-pain meds; all of your options will be covered during class. Interested in other childbirth methods? You might want to check out Bradley, Alexander, or Hypnobirthing.
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