Birthability: Changing the Way We Birth with Lamaze

Birthability is an independent childbirth education program taught by Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) Gemma Wilson. Birthability Childbirth Education provides childbirth preparation classes that equip Central Coast, NSW parents-to-be with confidence, all the knowledge and practical skills they need to have a safe and joyful birth experience. Birthability classes are based around the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, which help expectant mothers to simplify the birth process of birth and alleviate fears, helping women be confident in themselves and trust in their bodies ability to birth. Gemma is a mother of two very active and growing toddlers, who have helped fuel her passion for all things pregnancy and birth.

When we hear or think of birth, more often than not we are reminded of TV shows and movies where a pregnant woman is rushed down the hallway – huffing, puffing and screaming through contractions while being told to “push” laying on her back with her legs in stirrups! For many of us this is also how we view birth, as a rush, as a medical emergency full of bright lights, doctors, tests and exams, not moving or having very little movement and not having many choices – being disempowered.

For many of us this is also how we view birth, as a rush, as a medical emergency full of bright lights, doctors, tests and exams, not moving or having very little movement and not having many choices – being disempowered.

What we don’t think of- is giving birth with confidence, being informed, having choices and knowing our options, having the freedom to move and change positions, having support and being empowered.

This is Lamaze.

Lamaze is about giving women the confidence to give birth, to trust in their bodies, and their innate ability to birth, to understand the process of birth and to be informed, Lamaze emphasizes knowing your options.

Lamaze classes provide women with opportunity to gain confidence in their ability to give birth simply and have the safest, healthiest birth possible. Classes are based around the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, which help to simplify the birth process, alleviate fears and instil confidence in expectant mothers.

Lamaze is not just about breathing techniques (many of us associate Lamaze with this). When Lamaze dropped the breathing method in the 1980s, it transformed from a birth method into a birth philosophy. Lamaze Classes provide women with the best and latest evidence based information about pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding. Lamaze was established in 1960 and is the oldest childbirth education organization around, and is internationally recognised. Lamaze’s mission is to advance safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy.

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