Definition of Lamaze in English:



  • Relating to a method of childbirth involving exercises and breathing control to give pain relief without drugs.

    • ‘‘Please,’ she begs, breathing heavily, trying to remember the few Lamaze techniques she learned.’
    • ‘I found a book in French about the Lamaze method of childbirth.’
    • ‘I attended Lamaze classes to prepare myself for birth without medication, and I knew I would breastfeed my baby.’
    • ‘Rachael began mimicking Lamaze breathing techniques, which received odd glares from the rest of them.’
    • ‘But things have moved on, and while birthing experts such as the National Childbirth Trust acknowledge Lamaze's contribution to the field, they tend to view his breathing techniques as rather old hat.’
    • ‘By the 1960s, reformers were promoting such innovations as Lamaze breathing techniques, birthing at home, the presence of fathers during birth, and the utilization of nurse-midwives instead of doctors.’
    • ‘By the end, our little group is gasping like a Lamaze breathing class.’
    • ‘I finally pull into the parking lot at work, I'm early and the place is nearly deserted so no one sees me practicing some bizarre form of Lamaze breathing as I walk up the ramp and into the doors.’
    • ‘Couples like Tenisha and Michael can't go to couples therapy or to joint counseling about what kind of contraception to use, or show up for prenatal appointments or Lamaze classes together.’
    • ‘Pregnant women take Lamaze courses not because what they learn will quell their labor pains, but because knowing what to expect helps them to handle the pain.’
    • ‘I'm a part-time Lamaze childbirth educator who thoroughly enjoyed and was empowered by Peggy's editorial.’
    • ‘Group members helped each other learn how to cut up big pills so they were easier to swallow and to use Lamaze breathing during a spinal tap.’
    • ‘In the process of birth, according to the Lamaze method, there is a stage of labor called transition.’
    • ‘I'm breathing like a Lamaze instructor (puff, puff, puff) because I'm not quite sure how I'm supposed to be breathing.’
    • ‘These guideposts transformed my negative thoughts into useful work, the way Lamaze mothers learn to re-imagine labor pains as muscle contractions.’
    • ‘Also, asthma shouldn't interfere with your ability to do Lamaze breathing techniques.’
    • ‘Speaking of support, how do we feel about Lamaze classes?’
    • ‘The lovely wife, I learned one night after Lamaze class, was pregnant.’
    • ‘Only one published report showed no improvement over Lamaze technique from the addition of hypnosis, though both LaMaze and hypnosis alone lessened pain equally during labor.’
    • ‘At those times when he is home in a rambling house in California, he has to contend with his live-in girlfriend Dotty who is in a state of advanced pregnancy and trying to get Thorson to take a more active role in Lamaze classes.’


1950s: from the name of Fernand Lamaze (1891–1957), French physician.