Childbirth Isn’t One-Size-Fits All

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Childbirth Isn’t One-Size-Fits All: Lamaze International President Robin Weiss Responds to TIME Articles

Contact:  Berna Diehl, JPA Health Communications, 202-591-4045, berna@jpa.com
For Release: October 8, 2014

Dear Editor,

I read two recent TIME articles and while we were pleased to see Lamaze mentioned, we wanted to note that both articles, Why Having an Epidural Should Count as Having a Natural Birth and Why Most Pregnancy Guides Are a Total Turnoff, miss the mark in similar ways. Birth isn't a competition, childbirth shouldn’t be treated like a one-size-fits-all experience and every woman must make decisions based on what’s right for her and her baby. That's why Lamaze International focuses on providing women with research, education and support through our classes and online resources so they can push for the best, most evidence-based care. Women are often subject to care based on routine maternity care practices, not research. When women have reliable information in hand, they have the confidence to ask for and get the care that meets their needs. In our experience with mothers all over the world, the only label that really matters to moms is "safe and healthy."

Sincerely,

Robin Elise Weiss, MPH, PhDc, CD(DONA), CLC, LCCE, FACCE
President, Lamaze International

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About Lamaze International

Lamaze International promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting practices. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years. Lamaze education and practices are based on the best and most current medical evidence available. Working closely with their families, health care providers and Lamaze educators, millions of pregnant women have achieved their desired childbirth outcomes using Lamaze practices. The best way to learn about Lamaze’s steps to a safe and healthy birth is to take a class with a Lamaze certified instructor. To find classes in your area, or for more information visit: www.lamaze.org.

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