Last year, Lamaze created and released its first-ever online childbirth education courses. The courses allow you to learn at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. They are broken into different topics and cover a range of issues that help families prepare for birth and breastfeeding. In
May is International Doula Month, and because continuous support is included as one of the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, Lamaze encourages women to learn about how a doula can help you have a safe and healthy birth.
One of the more common concerns women have about labor and birth is, "How do I breathe?" From the outside, that seems like a silly question -- after all, we all know how to breathe!
Water can be a very useful and comforting natural pain-relief tool during the different stages of labor, and can be used whether or not you are planning a water birth. In a 2012 overview of Cochrane s
Yoga ball, balance ball, fitness ball, stability ball, birth ball -- whatever you call it, a yoga ball (large, sturdy, inflatable ball ranging in diameter from 55cm - 75cm) can be a helpful tool for comfort, relaxation, and positioning during labor.