II. Background

  1. Pioneered by Dr. Ferdinand Lamaze
  2. Similar to Psychophysical method (Grantly Dick-Read)
    1. Focuses on relaxation and knowledge

III. Technique

  1. Classical conditioning (Pavlov, Skinner methods)
    1. Substitute useful responses for painful stimuli
    2. Positive affirmations
  2. Flexible Birthplan
  3. Directed Relaxation
  4. Breathing techniques
  5. Father (or another friend or relative) coaches labor

IV. Resources

  1. American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics
    1. Address: 1840 Wilson, #204, Arlington, VA 22201
    2. Phone: 800-368-4404

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