Okay, let’s see a show of hands – how many of you have heard of Lamaze? And how many of you think of a woman in labor breathing “hee, hee, hee, hoo” when you think of Lamaze? I’ll bet a bunch of you raised your hands, didn’t you? Because Lamaze has been around for decades, it’s what people think of when they think of birth, and when they think of Lamaze, they think of that breathing thing. We’ve all seen it, right? On television, in the movies? The fact is, Hollywood loves Lamaze breathing because it’s funny. But did you know that all that “hee, hee, hee” breathing doesn’t have anything to do with the Lamaze of the 21st Century? It’s true – Lamaze hasn’t done patterned breathing for, oh, about 20 years. So, what, you ask, does Lamaze do? Well, Lamaze does a lot of things – they teach about pregnancy and birth, they teach about medical procedures, they teach about breastfeeding, they teach about newborns and they teach a ton of ways to cope with labor – but their primary goal is to help women get the information they need to have safe and healthy births. Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators assist women (and their partners) in doing this by structuring their childbirth education classes around the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices. These Practices are based on the best scientific research available and have been shown to promote the best outcomes for mothers and babies. In other words, science says if you follow these guidelines, you’re more likely to have a healthy baby, a healthy mother and a better birth – and isn’t that what we all want? So if you’re in the Nashville area and want to learn how to have a healthy baby, a healthy mother and a better birth, check out the Lamaze classes offered by Tracy at Blooma Nashville Yoga.
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