Lamaze

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adjective La·maze \lə-ˈmäz\

Definition of Lamaze

  1. :  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: 1959


LAMAZE Defined for English Language Learners

Lamaze

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adjective La·maze \lə-ˈmäz\

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


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Lamaze

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adjective La·maze \lə-ˈmäz\

Medical Definition of Lamaze

  1. :  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

Lamaze

\lȧ-mȧz\,

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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