Fundamentals of Lamaze:

 

Lamaze fundamentals for Pregnancy:

  • Pregnancy is a normal, natural life event.

  • Women’s bodies are perfectly designed to nourish and nurture their babies through pregnancy.

  • The months of pregnancy are necessary for babies to develop and grow, for women’s bodies to prepare for birth and for women to become mothers.

  • Pregnancy provides an opportunity for mothers and fathers to begin forming lifelong bonds with their babies.

  • A good support system, a healthy lifestyle and the ability to cope with the stresses of life promote a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth and a healthy baby.

  • The health-care system and care provider can increase or decrease a woman’s confidence in the normality of pregnancy and in her ability to have a healthy baby.

  • Lamaze education empowers women to gain confidence in their bodies, trust their inner wisdom and to make informed decisions about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.

 

Lamaze fundamentals for Birth:

  • Birth is normal, natural and healthy.

  • The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families.

  • Women’s inner wisdom guides them through birth.

  • Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth.

  • Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.

  • Birth can safely take place in homes, birth centers and hospitals.

  • Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom.

 

Lamaze fundamentals for parenting:

  • Active parenting is vital to the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our children, ourselves and our society.

  • Parenting is joyful, important, challenging and deeply satisfying work that is worthy of everyone’s best efforts.

  • The intimate connection between children and their parents must be respected and protected from the moment of birth throughout life.

  • A safe healthy birth experience provides a strong foundation for parenting.

  • Parents play unique, irreplaceable roles in their children’s lives.

  • Babies and children thrive in close, consistent interaction with their parents.

  • Parenting is a learned art; our most important teachers are our own parents, our family and our children.

  • Good parenting requires the support of family, friends and community.

  • Knowledge and support enhance parents’ confidence and ability to make informed decisions that meet the needs of their children and themselves.

 

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