The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence


The Official Lamaze Guide is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide endorsed by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America. Its goal is to take the mystery out of having a baby and help you better understand how your body works during pregnancy and childbirth, giving you the confidence to make decisions that best ensure the safety and health of you and your ...

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The Official Lamaze Guide is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide endorsed by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America. Its goal is to take the mystery out of having a baby and help you better understand how your body works during pregnancy and childbirth, giving you the confidence to make decisions that best ensure the safety and health of you and your baby.

Written in plain English with a respectful, positive tone, this book presents:

How pregnancy and birth progress naturally

Information on choosing your maternity care provider and place of birth

The best available medical evidence to help you make informed decisions

Steps you can take to alleviate fear and manage pain during labor

Practical strategies to help you work effectively with your care provider

This book is an essential resource for all expectant parents who want to make decisions they can feel confident about for a safe, healthy pregnancy and birth, and the best start for their baby.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“What Lamaze offers women isn’t a ‘method’ but rather the confidence to stop worrying and start believing that a woman’s body does birth best, and that every woman deserves patient, gentle, unwavering support through this process. This book gives women something new to ‘expect’: to be amazed at our own power and strength.”

—Jennifer Block, author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

“This is a superb book. Though it’s called ‘official,’ it isn’t written in bureaucratic language and isn’t heaped with instructions. It’s humane, funny, tender, down-to-earth and joyful. Essential reading for all pregnant women who seek autonomy in childbirth.”

—Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is the first book that every pregnant woman should read before she makes any decisions about her maternity care. This book is a breath of fresh air. By following these explanations and recommendations women will gain the best chance of having a normal, natural, healthy, and empowering birth.”

—Marshall Klaus, MD, and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, CSW, authors of The Doula Book, Your Amazing Newborn, and Bonding

“This book is a wonderful resource that provides information, knowledge, and skills to expectant parents who want to play a central role in their children’s births.”

—Penny Simkin, coauthor of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

“At last there is a resource that emphasizes normal birth and increases parents’ confidence. The honest information and reassuring tone of the authors truly get to the heart of women’s fears and allow them to explore those fears in a safe way. The book contains life skills such as communication and negotiation and tells the simple story of birth in a manner that left me in awe. I wish I had been able to share this book with expectant families during my first seventeen years of teaching and being a doula.”

—Ann Grauer, LCCE, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), past president of DONA International

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is one of the rare books today containing an unapologetically woman-centered view of birth…. The authors strongly advocate natural birth…. They emphasize that women’s bodies are beautifully designed to grow, birth, and nurture babies. The Official Lamaze Guide…should be in every [pregnant mother’s] hands.”

—Jane Pincus, BA, MAT, MFA, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care

“Warm and wise, honest yet reassuring, chock full of information, and based on the latest and best research—any pregnant woman who wants a normal birth should put this book on her A list.”

—Henci Goer, author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth

The Official Lamaze Guide is a source of information that women need to have and a message that women need to hear. I think it accomplishes its purpose skillfully and has the potential to be a transformative influence. I hope women read it, absorb it, and begin to celebrate birth!”

—Molly Remer, MSW, CCCE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439179796
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 342,278
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 5.92 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. Dr. Lothian is a nationally recognized speaker on birth and breastfeeding, a columnist for The Journal of Perinatal Education, and a mother of five and grandmother of seven.

Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International’s board of directors, and a current board advisor. She works alongside her husband, a sociologist, on childbirth and midwifery research and education. She also writes a newspaper column on life as a working mother of three and grandmother of one.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Having a Safe, Healthy Birth 1

Chapter 2 The History of Birth: Back to the Future 9

Chapter 3 You're Pregnant! 35

Chapter 4 Choosing a Caregiver and Birth Site 47

Chapter 5 Moving through Pregnancy 71

Chapter 6 Preparing for Labor and Birth 95

Chapter 7 The Simple Story of Birth 105

Chapter 8 Keeping Your Birth Safe and Healthy 111

Chapter 9 Finding Comfort in Labor 131

Chapter 10 Birth Plans and Baby Plans 143

Chapter 11 Getting the Safe, Healthy Birth You Want: Communication, Negotiation, and Decision-making 169

Chapter 12 Greeting Your Newborn 181

Chapter 13 Early Parenting 209

Afterword 231

Appendix A Safe, Healthy Birth: What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know 235

Appendix B The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative 249

Appendix C The Rights of Childbearing Women 259

Appendix D Lamaze International Position Papers 263

Appendix E The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care 279

Notes 287

Recommended Resources 295

Index 297

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012


    When I think of Lamaze I think of all of the different techniques that one can use to cope with labor. That comprises about 8 pages total in this book. All the pages before are spent telling you how terrible hospitals and OBs are and basically makes you feel like a bad person or mother for choosing to use and OB as a caregiver and give birth in a hospital. It was really VERY biased. The pages afterward are spent discussing breastfeeding and newborn care, which is lovely, but it's not Lamaze. Plus, I own other texts that go into much greater detail on both of these subjects.

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