320 pages
6" x 9"

Giving Birth with Confidence (The Official Lamaze Guide)

For a Safe and Healthy Birth… Your Way!

by Judith LothianRN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN:
and Charlotte DeVries

Giving Birth with Confidence will help take the mystery out of having a baby and help you better understand how your body works during pregnancy and childbirth, giving you the confidence to make decisions that best ensure the safety and health of you and your baby.

This book is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide written by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America. Written with a respectful, positive tone, this book presents: 

  • Information to help you choose your maternity care provider and place of birth
  • Practical strategies to help you work effectively with your care provider
  • Information on how pregnancy and birth progress naturally
  • Steps you can take to alleviate fear and manage pain during labor
  • The best available medical evidence to help you make informed decisions

Winner iParenting Media Award

67,000 copies in print

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“The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is a no-nonsense handbook for laboring without medical interventions. The authors point out that Lamaze is no longer a method but a philosophy: Birth is normal and women can handle it.” 

–Melissa Chianta, Mothering Magazine

“What Lamaze Offers women isn't a 'method' but rather the confidence to stop worrying and start believing that a woman's body does birth best, and that every woman deserves patient, gentle, unwavering support through this process. This book gives women something new to 'expect': to be amazed at our own power and strength.” 

–Jennifer Block, author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

“This is a superb book. Though it's called 'official,' it isn't written in bureaucratic language and isn't heaped with instructions. It's humane, funny, tender, down-to-earth and joyful. Essential reading for all pregnant women who seek autonomy in childbirth.” 

–Sheila Kitzinger, author of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

“The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence is the first book that every pregnant woman should read before she makes any decisions about her maternity care. This book is a breath of fresh air. By following these explanations and recommendations women will gain the best chance of having a normal, natural, healthy, and empowering birth.” 

–Marshall Klaus, MD, and Phyllis Klause MFT, CSW, authors of The Doula Book, Your Amazing Newborn, and Bonding

“This book is a wonderful resource that provides information, knowledge, and skills to expectant parents who want to play a central role in their children's births.” 

–Penny Simkin, coauthor of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

“At last there is a resource that emphasizes normal birth and increases parents' confidence. The honest information and reassuring tone of the authors truly get to the heart of women's fears and allow them to explore those fears in a safe way. The book contains life skills such as communication and negotiation and tells the simple story of birth in a manner that left me in awe. I wish I had been able to share this book with expectant families during my first seventeen years of teaching and being a doula.” 

–Ann Grauer, LCCE, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA), Past President of DONA International


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