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The History of Lamaze Continues: An Interview with Elisabeth Bing

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Abstract:

Elisabeth Bing—physiotherapist, childbirth educator, and cofounder of the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (now Lamaze International)—is well known to most childbirth educators in the United States. She has been a true pioneer in the education of parents for pregnancy and birth. Her book, Six Practical Lessons for an Easier Childbirth, served to guide many parents and childbirth educators in the use of the Lamaze Method for labor and birth. She has prepared a countless number of parents for their birth experience in both her hospital classes in the 1950s and 1960s and in her private classes in the “studio” of her New York City apartment building, where she began teaching in the 1960s and continues to teach today. Elisabeth is beloved by all those who have had the opportunity to meet her or work with her. She has created a legacy that will continue for decades to come.

Keywords: Lamaze Method; Psychoprophylactic Method

Document Type: Standard Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1624/105812400X87464

Affiliations: ELAINE ZWELLING is a senior consultant with Phillips+Fenwick, a member of the advisory board of the Pampers Parenting Institute, and director of the Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Program in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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