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.
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.
Weeks 1-5: Healthy Birth Practices
Week 6: Breastfeeding
Week 7: Postpartum Success
Week 8: Newborn Care
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.
Registration: Call (206) 789-0883 or Register online >>
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 >>