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The basic principles behind the Lamaze Philosophy are:

  • Birth is normal, natural and healthy
  • The experience of birth profoundly effects 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 birth centers and homes
  • Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom

To that end, Lamaze espouses 6 healthy birth practices. Watch the videos below (from InJoy) to learn more about each of these practices.

1. Let Labor Begin on its Own.

2. Walk, Move, and Change Positions

3. Have Continuous Support

4. Avoid Unnecessary Interventions

5. Get Upright and Follow Urges to Push

6. Keep Your Baby With You