Leboyer Method of Childbirth

LeBoyer Method of Childbirth was introduced by French obstetrician Frédérick LeBoyer in the 1970's. This method allows the baby to be born in a quiet dim light room amid soft voices trying to minimize the trauma and stress for the newborn. Delivery occurs softly and the baby's head is not pulled, instead immediate mother-child bonding is encouraged.

Dr. LeBoyer technique was outlined in 1975, when his book "Birth Without Violence" was published. LeBoyer's believed that babies born in less stressful surroundings were more happy and healthy than those born using traditional methods. Like with other childbirth methods, LeBoyer Method has caused controversy since its creation.

This method allows a completely natural childbirth, giving the newborn a warm water bath before being placed on the mother's stomach for bonding. They both are handled gently and without making any sudden movement that could startle or jar the baby, but being gently massaged to ease the crying.

LeBoyer recommended doctors do the massaging, but today mothers can do it themselves enhancing the bonding with their babies. Infants delivered using this method, usually open their eyes and breathe without loud, harsh noises, or being slapped on the bottom, as occurs in traditional deliveries.

If you decide on this method of childbirth, your baby's umbilical cord will not be cut immediately, until it has stopped pulsating. This waiting time before cutting the baby's cord, allows the baby freedom to take their first breath on their own, until they are ready and not before. The warm bath given to a baby shortly after the birth is to recreate the atmosphere from which the baby came from.

Due to practical reasons, not all the women subscribe to the gentle LeBoyer Method of Childbirth, but it has certain remarkable influences in delivery rooms which try to minimize noise levels, in order to make the atmosphere more peaceful and pleasant for mothers.

The avoidance of slapping or smacking the babies when they are born to make them breathe is no longer used. Instead, babies are massaged gently to encourage their first breathe before their umbilical cord is cut.

LeBoyer Method of Childbirth is a method approved by the National Association of Parents and Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (NAPSAC). It is also recognized as a natural alternative by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), and the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), among the countless other techniques using the right methodology for childbirth without painful stimuli such as spanking the baby.

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