The purpose of our Lamaze childbirth preparation classes is to provide:
- Education to enhance the well-being of expectant parents;
- Education to increase involvement in the childbearing process; and
- Anticipatory guidance for becoming new parents.
Lamaze achieves this purpose by introducing breathing/relaxation techniques and comfort measures/coping strategies to improve the childbearing experience;
providing anticipatory guidance to enhance the well-being and safety of the mother and baby; encouraging bonding between the expectant mother, her partner, family and the newborn; providing options for the expectant mother/her coach in selecting their preferences for childbearing (a birthing plan); promoting positive interaction and communication between the patient/family and their healthcare providers; encouraging the development of parenting skills and providing support and guidance in the ongoing adjustment to the role of parenting.
Expectant parents in their last trimester of pregnancy (around 28 weeks or more), including all Queens Health Network clients and staff, are encouraged to attend the Lamaze classes.
The program consists of a series of five classes and is scheduled throughout the year. Classes are located on the fifth floor of the Main Building at Queens Hospital Center, in Room A540.
There is no fee to participate.
For further information, contact class instructor Annabelle White, BA, RN, IBCLC, CPCE, at (718) 883-3502, or your healthcare provider at your clinic.