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Questions from Our Readers—Really Teaching Lamaze: Evidence-Based Practice

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In this column, a reader identifies the importance of accurate, up-to-date information in making informed decisions. She is shocked to find that the Lamaze classes she observes are not evidence-based. Evidence-based practice is described, and examples of the use of best evidence in childbirth classes are discussed. The implications for childbirth education are explored.

Keywords: Lamaze certified childbirth education; childbirth education; evidence-based practice; informed decision-making

Document Type: Editorial


Affiliations: JUDITH LOTHIAN is a childbirth educator in Brooklyn, New York, and the Chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. She is also an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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