The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices

Valley Hospital takes a holistic approach to childbirth education. This Series will help prepare you for labor, childbirth and early motherhood by learning how to trust your body, the energy of the birth process and your instincts as a mother. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth, stages of labor, pain coping techniques and comfort measures, pros and risks of interventions and the postpartum period.

Childbirth Education at Valley Hospital are offered in a 5-week series on 5 consecutive Thursdays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The price is $200. Classes are held at the Kraft Center location at 15 Essex Road, Paramus, NJ. TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS call the Center for Women, Children and Family Education at 201-291-6151.  

Childbirth Education at Avalon are offered in a one-day intensive format from 9AM-6PM. The price is $200. Classes are held at the Wellness Center located at 25 Lindsley Drive, Suite 201, Morristown, NJ. TO RESGISTER FOR A CLASS call 201-446-6992.

Childbirth Education

  • The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families.
  • Women's inner wisdom guides them through birth.
  • Women's confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth.
  • Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.
  • Birth can safely take place in homes, birth centers and hospitals.
  • Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom.

The Lamaze Approach to Birth: Birth is normal, natural andhealthy. 

Valley Hospital, Paramus, NJ

Childbirth education promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Classes are based on the best, most current medical evidence available. They can help reduce the use of unnecessary interventions and improve overall outcomes for mothers and babies.   


Parker Gastelu

Holisitc Childbirth Education at Avalon Wellness Center is an eclectic approach to complete preparation for birth and motherhood. It takes the Lamaze approach that birth is normal, natural and healthy and combines it with yoga philosophy, postures and breath. The class covers Identifying expectations and concerns, anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth, stages of labor, pain coping techniques and comfort measures and pros and risks of medical interventions. Breathing, positions, relaxation techniques, vocalizing and the use of water in labor will be covered.   

Avalon Wellness Center, Morristown, NJ

Next Class is MAY 14, 2016

These evidence-based practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, promote, protect and support natural, safe and healthy birth and include:

  • Let Labor Begin on Its Own
  • Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions Throughout Labor
  • Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support
  • Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary
  • Avoid Giving Birth on Your Back, and Follow Your Body’s Urges to Push
  • Keep Mother and Baby Together – It’s Best for Mother, Baby, and Breastfeeding