In the revised edition of The Official Lamaze Guide, the authors explain why childbirth has become riskier in the U.S.—leading to a shocking increase in maternal mortality rates, incidences of postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder related to childbirth, and the number of babies admitted to newborn intensive care units. To increase the safety and health of childbirth, the authors recommend following six “Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices” and starting childbirth education as early in pregnancy as possible.
Lamaze’s vision for the future is that formal childbirth education, in person and online, should start early in pregnancy. In the second edition of The Official Lamaze Guide, the authors share Lamaze’s belief that preparing for birth and becoming a mother takes all of pregnancy, not just six weeks of formal classes at the end of the third trimester.
This new edition has been updated to reflect the latest evidence-based research on pregnancy and childbirth. Since the first edition, childbirth in the U.S. has gotten riskier. The cesarean rate has continued to rise; now almost one third of women in the U.S. have a cesarean. There’s been a shocking rise in the maternal mortality rate. More babies are admitted to NICUs, and there’s been an alarming increase in incidences of postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder related to childbirth. Lamaze believes that all women have the right and the responsibility to get complete and accurate information about pregnancy and birth, and to choose what’s best for them and their babies based on that information.
The second edition of The Official Lamaze Guide will showcase the six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, which are supported by research studies that examine the benefits and risks of maternity care practices.
1. Let labor begin on its own.
2. Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor.
3. Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support.
4. Avoid interventions that aren’t medically necessary.
5. Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push.
6. Keep mother and baby together—it’s best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding.
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.
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Official Lamaze Guide is an excellent resource for all childbirth educators. It gives clear and concise instructions for the reader on presenting information and methods for helping women as they go through labor. I purchased this book to assist me in preparation for the Lamaze chilbirth educator certification exam and I feel it will be very helpful.
I read this book when my husband and I were still thinking about staring a family. I found it educational as well as inspiring. After reading this book I felt confident that I could give birth naturally and without fear. I am now in my third trimester, and can't wait for my own birth experience. This book illuminates a lot of the standard medical practices that are now considered routine during childbirth, and provides you with accurate information as to why a lot of them are often unecessary and potentially harmful. It is educational, not preachy. I would highly recommend it!
This is really a great book for preparing for childbirth. Especially if you are thinking of going natural (no pain meds or interventions). It's extremely informative about the procedures typically done in the hospital and all the pros/cons of those procedures. They really stress no pain meds but they never tell you specific alternatives to pain meds. Breathing or other coping techniques are not covered in detail. That's the only thing I didn't like. I now have to find another book that tells me exactly how to deal with the pain without meds. I would recommend this book for education purposes but if you are looking for other methods of dealing with pain you may need another book for reference. Good luck!!