childbirth technique, developed 1940s by French obstetrician Dr. Fernand Lamaze (1891-1957) and named for him.

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Medicine definitions for lamaze


[lə-mäz]Ferdinand 1891-1957

French obstetrician who in the 1950s developed a method of childbirth preparation using behavioral training to reduce pain and anxiety in labor.

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