Lamaze’s Approach to Birth:

– Birth is normal, natural and healthy.

– The experience of birth profoundly affects women and

their families.

– Women’s inner wisdom guides them through birth.

– Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either

enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of


– Women have the right to give birth free from routine

medical interventions.

– Birth can safely take place in homes, birth centers and


– Childbirth education empowers women to make

informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility

for their health and to trust their inner wisdom.

Kawartha Lamaze Port Perry


Lamaze’s Approach to Parenting:

– Good parenting is vital to the physical, emotional and

spiritual health of our children, ourselves and our society.

– Parenting is joyful, important, challenging and deeply

satisfying work that is worthy of everyone’s best efforts.

– Parenting begins before birth. The intimate connection

between children and their parents must be respected

and protected from the moment of birth throughout life.

– Mothers and fathers play unique, irreplaceable roles

in their children’s lives.

– Babies and children thirve in close, consitent interaction

with their parents.

– Parenting is a learned art; our most important teachers

are our parents, our family and our children.

– Good parenting requires the support of family,

friends and community.

– Knowledge and support enhance parents’ confidence

and ability to make informed decisions that meet the

needs of their children and themselves.