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Lamaze: An International History

(Oxford Studies in International History)

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The Lamaze method is virtually synonymous with natural childbirth in America. In the 1970s, taking Lamaze classes was a common rite of passage to parenthood. The conscious relaxation and patterned breathing techniques touted as a natural and empowering path to the alleviation of pain in childbirth resonated with the feminist and countercultural values of the era.

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Hardcover, 264 pages
Published March 20th 2014 by OUP Us (first published January 1st 2014)
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Margaret Sankey
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, the British doctor who promoted "natural childbirth" in the 1930s was named Dr. Dick-Read. With that out of the way, we can follow the strange international path of what came to be labeled "Lamaze"--from 19th century eugenicists who wanted more of the "right" women to have babies and appealed to their education and reason to think their way out of ignorance and pain, seized upon by Soviet doctors post WWII who wanted a population rebound but had no painkilling drugs, French Dr. Lam ...more
Jennifer
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If childbirth is known for something, it’s being painful. And many mothers give silent thanks to French obstetrician Fernand Lamaze for inventing a method to ease some of that pain. It’s pretty much a given that, if you’re having a baby, you’re doing “Lamaze.” The method is so engrained in American culture that few are aware that it has been around for less than a century…and that it has Soviet roots! (Cue scary music.)

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Dale Rosenberg
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this book. Although written by an historian and published by an academic press, it's very accessible. The author came to write it because she was surprised to find out during her first pregnancy that the Lamaze method of prepared childbirth, which she had always assumed was developed in France, was in fact imported by Dr. Lamaze from the Soviet Union. She was particularly surprised because her field of specialty is Russian medical history and she didn't know this!

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Neptune
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Paula is an incredible educator. Her speech is immaculate and her insights resonate with me for days after her University lectures. An extraordinary person. I cannot wait to read more of her work.
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A specialist in twentieth-century Russian and Central Asian history, Paula Michaels is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health. Her book Curative Powers: Medicine and Empire in Stalin's Central Asia (University of Pitt ...more

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