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Our goal is simple; we want all parents to feel confident, supported and powerful.


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.

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Healthy Birth Practices

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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Connecting the Dots

Research and resources for perinatal professionals.

Research Review: Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request in the United States from 1999 to 2015

Research Review: Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request in the United States from 1999 to 2015

The number of cesarean deliveries in the United States has hovered around 32% in the past decade.  Cesarean birth is easily documented and the numbers are a benchmark for birth outcomes and best practice.  Cesarean delivery by maternal request (CDMR), on the other hand, is very hard to quantify.   It is hard to capture exactly how many cesareans are performed at the request of the pregnant parent.  Difficulties in estimating the prevalence of CDMR has been attributed to the lack of an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code for CDMR and to documentation inconsistencies that are recorded.

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Giving Birth with Confidence

Trusted resources, stories and answers for parents.

Newly Pregnant - Is it Safe to Exercise?

Newly Pregnant - Is it Safe to Exercise?

If you recently found out you're pregnant, you probably have many thoughts and questions swirling about, including, "Is it safe to exercise this early in my pregnancy?" For people with a regular exercise routine leading up to pregnancy, knowing whether or not you can continue feels important. 

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Lamaze Journeys

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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