At Mayday Birth Center there is a midwife-only unit with birthing pools, beanbags, subtle lighting and a homely atmosphere.
Improving communication skills is also a large part of the education plan in Lamaze; this will allow the woman and her partner to communicate more effectively with each other during labor and with the members of the birthing team.
Most laboring women need other comfort techniques such as aromatherapy, massage, birthing ball use, position changes, hot/cold therapy, hydrotherapy, hypnosis/meditation/imagery, or even acupressure to help with childbirth.
However, it is important to remember that the Lamaze breathing exercises can be adapted to suit your particular needs during labor; the end goal is to make you feel confident and secure during your birthing process.
Having a knowledgeable woman who can offer birthing knowledge, position options, and comfort techniques as well as emotional and physical support decreases the need for the interventions that can lead to c-sections.