Q. When should I register for a Lamaze class?
A. It is advised that you enroll in Lamaze classes 6 to 8 weeks before beginning your 7th month of pregnancy. Classes fill up quickly, so contact Heart and Hands Perinatal Services as soon as possible.
Q. When should I begin taking Lamaze classes?
A. It is recommended that you begin a class in your last trimester (the beginning of the 7th month) of pregnancy.
Q. How do I know which class to take?
A. To assist you in having a healthy and fulfilling childbirth experience, Lamaze International recommends that you look for these features when choosing your childbirth educator:
Certified by Lamaze International. Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators have met the Lamaze standards for knowledge and skills that help women give birth with confidence and joy! LCCE Educators believe wholeheartedly in the Lamaze Philosophy of Birth and guide women through the maze of modern obstetrics so that they are able to make truly informed decisions about their health care. The LCCE educator is a skilled teacher, a knowledgeable professional and a passionate advocate for expectant women and their families.
A curriculum that supports birth as normal, natural and healthy, and empowers expectant women to make informed decisions. Class content that includes normal labor, birth and early postpartum; positioning for labor and birth; relaxation and massage techniques to ease pain; labor support; communication skills; information about medical procedures; breastfeeding; and healthy lifestyles. At least 12 hours of instruction with emphasis on skills practice (especially positioning and relaxation), comfort measures and class discussion.
Q. What is covered in Heart and Hands Lamaze classes?
A. Topics included in Lamaze childbirth education classes are:
Q. What makes Heart and Hands Lamaze classes different from other prenatal childbirth classes?
A. Heart and Hands Lamaze classes are different from other childbirth education classes in that they offer the following: