Like all of our Great Starts series, the Lamaze series will cover everything you need to know as a first-time parent. It includes content similar to our Labor & Birth class, Breastfeeding class, and Newborn Care class, but in a different format, with emphasis on the philosophy and care practices recommended by Lamaze International. (Note: if you’re just looking for an all purpose class, such as the kind that the TV shows and movies call a “Lamaze class”, then any of our series will meet your needs.)

This Lamaze®-specific series is based on the philosophy described by the Lamaze Approach to Birth:

  • Birth is normal, natural and healthy.
  • The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families.
  • Women’s inner wisdom guides them through birth.
  • Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth.
  • Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.
  • Birth can safely take place in homes, birth centers and hospitals.
  • Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom.

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Class Topics:

The Lamaze® series is structured around the Lamaze 6 Care Practices to Promote Normal Birth, also known as the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. We encourage you to read about these practices and/or watch the videos to help you decide if this class is right for you.

Videos for “Better Birth” >>
Video library at Lamaze International >>
Additional Information from Lamaze International>>

Class Outline
Weeks 1-5: Healthy Birth Practices
Week 6: Breastfeeding
Week 7: Postpartum Success
Week 8: Newborn Care

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Schedule: This series meets weekly for 8 weeks on a weeknight evenings. Plan to take a class series that will end at least 2 – 5 weeks before your due date.

Location: This class is offered at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle.

Registration: Call (206) 789-0883 or Register online >>

Our Instructor:

Kim James is our Lamaze® Class instructor. Kim says, “My greatest pleasure as a childbirth educator is watching families and expectant women become confident, joyous and excited about the birth and early parenting of their children.” Read more about Kim >>