Lamaze is a non-profit organization that promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years.
Lamaze education and practices are based on the best, most current medical evidence available. They can help reduce the use of unnecessary interventions and improve overall outcomes for mothers and babies. Working closely with their families, health care providers and Lamaze educators, millions of pregnant women have achieved their desired childbirth outcomes using Lamaze practices.
The mission of Lamaze International is to promote, support and protect natural, safe and healthy birth through education and advocacy through the dedicated efforts of professional childbirth educators, providers and parents.
Forming the foundation of the organization are the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. These evidence-based practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, promote, protect and support natural, safe and healthy birth.
Below are additional resources from Lamaze International:
Giving Birth with Confidence is an online community, created by Lamaze International, written for and by real women (and men) with a variety of trustworthy, timely and appealing stories, articles and tips related to pregnancy, birth and parenting. Our goal is to help women achieve healthy pregnancies and safe, satisfying births by offering a meeting ground to obtain information and support from other women, Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educators and knowledgeable experts.
Lamaze also provides professional childbirth educators, nurses, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, obstetricians and other women’s health care professionals with professional resources to share with parents and stay up-to-date. There are many educational opportunities and information to share with parents.
Lamaze Toolkit for Childbirth Educators
The Lamaze Toolkit for Childbirth Educators is a curriculum guide developed specifically for Lamaze educators to enhance their own course design and teaching skills. The Lamaze Toolkit covers the Lamaze fundamentals for pregnancy, birth and parenting as well as the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices.
A Research Blog About Healthy Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond
Lamaze International's Science & Sensibility Blog provides updates and critical analysis of research related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum mother and baby care.
For more information about Lamaze International, please check out their website here.