method was introduced by the French obstetrician Dr. Fernand
Lamaze. The Lamaze method teaches that birth is a normal,
natural process. The Lamaze method teaches patterned breathing,
comfort measures such as massage, use of heat and cold, and
relaxation techniques. Classes generally consist of six to
ten couples and is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth
method, based on Dr Robert A. Bradley's book Husband-Coached
Childbirth : The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
is another popular childbirth method. The Bradley method also
teaches that birth is a natural process. This method uses
primarily abdominal breathing verses the patterned breathing
of Lamaze. The Bradley method encourages active participation
by the husband (or partner) as the labor coach. This method
teaches you to trust your body and natural instincts. Nutrition
and exercise are also taught in this class. Classes are typically
12 weeks long.
not as heard of, the Kitzinger method is another childbirth
method. The Kitzinger method teaches chest breathing combined
with abdominal relaxation. This method also teaches imagery
to aid in relaxation.
- the Mongan method is a newer childbirth education
choice that is becoming increasingly popular. Hypnobirthing®
was started by Marie Mongan. She uses hypnosis techniques
combined with the teachings of Dr Grantly Dick-Read.
She offers instruction on her method through her book,
videos or classroom instruction.