Monthly Archives: July 2010

“You can’t get a good enchilada at a Chinese restaurant!”

“You can’t get a good enchilada at a Chinese restaurant!” When I read this quote by Sharon Muza, a Lamaze-certified educator in the Seattle area, it really stuck with me. As expectant moms, we have a whole mental image of … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #6: Keep your baby with you after birth

So you’ve just gone through the hardest work of your life, and your baby is finally here. Don’t you want your baby skin-to-skin with you while she adjusts to life outside the womb? Remind your caregivers that your baby is … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #5: Get up, stand up (and follow your body’s urge to push)

When left to their own devices, women naturally assume upright positions such as squatting, standing, or kneeling on all fours during the pushing stage. This uses gravity to bring the baby down. When lying on your back, you are actually … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #4: Avoid unnecessary interventions

For the majority of women, labor progresses well on its own. Unfortunately, most women are subjected to routine interventions that have no clear benefit, but carry significant risks and often lead to the need for further intervention.

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Healthy birth practice #3: Continuous support

One of the most valuable things you can do to have a safe, healthy labor is to be supported by positive influences. You can be confident in laboring with a partner, friend, parent, or sister who is committed to helping … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #2: Walk, move, change positions

As women designed to give birth, our bodies give amazing feedback during labor’s progress. Following the body’s needs to move around, adopt a more comfortable position, and stay upright optimizes the baby’s progress through the pelvis. In fact, staying confined … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practice #1: Let labor begin on its own

The first healthy birth practice is to let labor begin on its own. Although induction is often recommended when there is no medical need, in most cases it’s better to allow your baby and your body to determine the best … Continue reading

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Healthy birth practices, introduction

A Lamaze class is built around six key practices for a healthy birth. Lamaze International and Injoy have partnered to produce a series of videos that highlight these practices. Enjoy!

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Build your confidence weekly

Now that I’m expecting my 3rd child, I have a new appreciation for Lamaze International, and especially for the wealth of resources Lamaze has to offer.  One of the first things I did in this pregnancy was to sign up … Continue reading

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New class session announced!

A new class session will begin August 3. Class dates are as follows: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. We will meet from 6-8:30. See you then! ps: For your $25 discount, be sure to register before July 27.

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