For first time parents, the birthing process may seem a bit mysterious and sometimes a little overwhelming. Lamaze International is here to demystify the birthing process for you. Since the 1960s, Lamaze has been arming expectant parents with the latest evidence-based information to help alleviate their concerns, and has been teaching parents-to-be how to achieve comfort and control during labor and birth. Today, the not-for-profit’s childbirth resources and classes are also available online and through its app, Pregnancy to Parenting.
What’s more, Lamaze International will be at the Chicago Baby Show on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier.
The nation’s largest show for expectant and new families, the Chicago Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the Chicago Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from the Chicagoland area, and beyond!
Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with a member of the Lamaze International team, Amanda Darvill, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the Chicago Baby Show.
For someone unfamiliar with Lamaze International, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
Lamaze International, established in 1960, is a not-for-profit organization composed of parents, childbirth educators, healthcare practitioners and other healthcare professionals whose mission is to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth, and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy. Knowing that access to credible information and research is key to a healthy pregnancy, childbirth, and a good start to parenting, Lamaze works to prepare women and their partners by providing them with support so they are equipped to effectively work with their care provider, navigate their options in care, and push for the safest, healthiest birth possible.
Lamaze education and practices are based on the best and most current medical evidence available. The Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices are tried and true ways to teach parents how to have a safe and healthy birth.
Tell us about Lamaze International. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
While many associate Lamaze with breathing techniques, as it was well-known for in the early 1960’s, it’s so much more than that. Lamaze is an essential resource for helping you and your partner understand how decisions about care during pregnancy and childbirth can positively affect both mother and baby. Lamaze helps you feel more prepared for birth so you can have a safe and healthy experience with satisfying, improved outcomes.
Over the years, Lamaze childbirth education has evolved to meet parents’ needs whether that takes place through a traditional series of classes for couples, private consultations, or through our online classes, the Pregnancy to Parenting mobile app, weekly pregnancy e-mail, the Giving Birth With Confidence blog, and the robust array of online resources at www.lamaze.org.
What are the most popular and newest products and/or services from Lamaze International?
Lamaze is best known for offering classes in local communities with a Lamaze certified childbirth educator (LCCE) facilitating a group of six to ten couples through a comprehensive six week series, providing time for hands on learning and skill building for an interactive childbirth preparation experience. Lamaze certified educators offer a variety of class formats, single topic education and more. New offerings from Lamaze include our online classes, mobile app, and pregnancy email series all designed to meet you where you are and to provide easy access to evidence-based information. Online classes cover all stages of pregnancy, preparing for pregnancy, healthy birth practices, labor pain management, VBAC, breastfeeding, sex during pregnancy and after birth, and newborn care. Our free Pregnancy to Parenting mobile app offers weekly pregnancy information with robust features including a photo log, appointment calendar and notes, contraction counter, and breastfeeding and diaper change tracker.
What sets Lamaze International apart in the maternity marketplace?
Lamaze takes the mystery out of childbirth. Everyone knows that childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, but Lamaze can help simplify the process by promoting a proven approach that helps alleviate fears and manage pain—all with the goal of a safe and healthy birth. Lamaze can help you understand all of your options so you can make informed decisions and learn how to achieve greater comfort and control during labor and birth. Lamaze can also help reduce the overuse of unnecessary interventions, thereby reducing costs and associated medical complications, while improving overall outcomes for mothers and babies.
The Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices are taught to help keep labor and birth as safe and healthy as possible:
- Let labor begin on its own;
- Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor;
- Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support;
- Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary;
- Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push;
- Keep mother and baby together. It’s best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding.
What can parents expect from Lamaze International at the Chicago Baby Show?
Lamaze International will be featuring a mini childbirth education session to help you know what to expect from a Lamaze class and become familiar with the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices. You will also find a variety of valuable resources at our booth to help you get prepared for a safe and healthy pregnancy, birth, and start to parenting.
To learn more about Lamaze International, check out lamaze.org.