Overview and history of Lamaze breathing
The Lamaze method was originally created in France in 1951 by Dr. Fernand Lamaze. It encompassed methods of breathing and relaxation, emotional support, and childbirth education classes. It was Marjorie Karmel who first introduced the Lamaze method to the U.S. In 1960, she and Elisabeth Bing co-founded the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis (ASPO), now known as Lamaze International.
Lamaze techniques quickly became very popular, as they allowed expectant parents to prepare themselves for labor. Such classes taught conscious relaxation strategies to cope with the pain of contractions.