In the 1950's, a French obstetrician named Ferdinand Lamaze observed Russian women in labor using a method known as "Psychoprofilaxis" -- this literally means "mind prevention." He altered the method to fit into Western culture. Dr. Lamaze referred to this technique as "painless childbirth." In reality, we know better. There really is no such thing as "painless" childbirth. This method involves the use of distraction, during contractions, to decrease the perception of pain or discomfort. Several key points used in this technique include:• Controlled deep breathing.• Light massage of the abdomen.• Concentrating on a focal point -- this could be a photograph, or a flower, or any object.• The coach is very much involved. • Lamaze allows the woman have control over her body and help with her labor management. This method of delivery can help reduce the pain of labor and birth. Relaxation is the cornerstone of comfort during labor. Lamaze educates the patient about labor and delivery as do other methods and will hopefully help her enjoy the experience of bringing her new baby into the world.