Definition of Lamaze
: relating to or being a method of childbirth that involves psychological and physical preparation in various techniques (as controlled breathing and alternative birthing positions) by the mother in order to reduce pain and facilitate delivery without unnecessary medical intervention the Lamaze method Lamaze class
Origin and Etymology of lamaze
Fernand Lamaze †1957 French obstetrician
First Known Use: 1959See Words from the same year
LAMAZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of Lamaze for English Language Learners
medical : of or relating to a method of preparing women to give birth to children without the use of drugs
Medical Definition of Lamaze
: relating to or being a method of childbirth that involves psychological and physical preparation by the mother in order to suppress pain and facilitate delivery without drugs
Biographical Note for lamaze
Fernand (1890–1957), French obstetrician. Lamaze was the director of an obstetric clinic in France. In 1951 he attended a gynecologic conference where he learned for the first time a method of psychophysical conditioning aimed at the suppression of pain during a normal childbirth. After further study of psychophysical conditioning in the Soviet Union, he added a rapid accelerated breathing technique to the Soviet childbirth program and began implementing his modified method of natural childbirth in France.
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