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All of our recommendations are firmly grounded in the latest research.
Everyone’s journey to parenthood is unique. We welcome and respect all families.
We provide trusted information throughout your journey, recommending the safest and healthiest options to parents without judgment.
The Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices are based upon the most recent, evidence-based research. They are recommendations to help ease the birthing process and instill confidence. While some may have unique circumstances, all parents can benefit from understanding the options and information available to them.
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Research and resources for perinatal professionals.
Michael C. Klein was born a “red diaper baby” to politically active parents who began his dissident education early. Since then, Dr. Klein has been fighting against dominant paradigms for as long as he can remember. His position as an outsider working within the medical field includes publishing groundbreaking medical research on episiotomy and questioning routine obstetrical care in multiple countries and contexts. Hillary Melchiors, PhD, MPH, LCCE, CD(DONA), a medical anthropologist, doula and childbirth educator reviews Michael Klein, MD's Dissident Doctor: Catching Babies and Challenging the Medical Status Quo.
Trusted resources, stories and answers for parents.
Long before anyone notices your pregnancy on the outside, you'll feel your pregnancy from the inside. First trimester symptoms can catch you off guard because the pregnancy is still so new and because it's often thought that pregnancy symptoms occur only when your further along.
First trimester pregnancy symptoms vary widely. You could be fortunate enough to breeze through your first trimester with only a few minor symptoms, like feeling more tired and having aversion to certain smells, or you could be part of the group that experiences extreme nausea from hyperemesis gravidarum. Below is a list of the more common first trimester symptoms along with tips that can help you cope better.
Rebekah Otto, Editor-in-Chief, Babylist, took an online class from Lamaze during her second pregnancy. Read her VBAC birth story.
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