American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or being a method of childbirth in which the expectant mother is prepared psychologically and physically to give birth without the use of drugs.
- n. Natural childbirth technique developed in the 1940s by French obstetrician Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze.
- After Fernand Lamaze (1890-1957), French physician. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Although the name Lamaze will seldom appear in these pages, it’s inspired by the plain wisdom of the Lamaze belief that birth is simply and beautifully designed, and that interfering in that process without a medical reason increases risk to mothers and babies.”
“First, not only are American women far less likely to prepare for natural childbirth by taking prenatal classes such as Lamaze, the physical well-being of many has vastly deteriorated given obesity, maternal diabetes, drug abuse and overall poor fitness.”
“My husband, David, and I graduated cum laude from our Lamaze class.”
“We did it all: Lamaze classes, nutrition classes, even a pregnancy bra fitting, not an easy task for a girl who had been brought up to be modest at any cost.”
“I attended Lamaze classes with Margie and did the breathing exercises with her.”
“Said one employed mother, I took no sick days, attended Lamaze classes evenings, and made doctor appointments on Saturdays.”
“We lived in my little one-bedroom apartment near the UN and went to Lamaze classes together.”
“When Angus was a baby, he had this Lamaze spider he loved to play with.”
“Groups like Lamaze took hold and more women took prenatal classes and sought natural childbirth.”
“She was told not to bother with Lamaze or other "natural" birth classes since her pregnancy wasn't normal.”
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