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COLLECTION Identifier: MP-47: Vt-112: DVD-3

Moving image collection of Lamaze International, 1956-2010


Collection of primarily educational films and videotapes by Lamaze International as well as public service announcements and interviews about ASPO/Lamaze natural childbirth techniques.


  • Creation: 1956-2010

Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the unpublished material created by Lamaze International is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Permission to utilize footage from published Lamaze materials, other than for research purposes, must be obtained in writing from Lamaze headquarters in Washington, DC. Copyright in other material in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


14 motion pictures (visual works)
27 videotapes
4 DVDs

The moving image collection of Lamaze International Collection includes educational films and video recordings of conference sessions made by Lamaze International as well as public service announcements and interviews about ASPO/Lamaze natural childbirth techniques. Additional materials (from accession number 2000-M58) were added to the collection in June 2014. These materials are housed in #Vt112.16 - Vt-112.27. All other files remain in the same order. Folders are listed in intellectual, not numerical, order.

Series I, Lamaze educational films and videotapes,1956-1994 (#MP-47.1-MP-47.13; Vt-112.1-Vt-112.8), contains educational films and videotapes that give a history of Psycho-prophylactique and Lamaze, as well as demonstrations of the childbirth techniques. Many of the earlier films take a more narrative form featuring real couples, while later videotapes are more instructional in nature. Note: there is no MP-47, reel 2.

Series II, Interviews, public service announcements, Lamaze video newsletters, etc.,1982-2010, n.d. (#MP-47.14-MP-47.15; Vt-112.9-Vt-112.27; DVD-3.1-3.4), includes interviews with Elisabeth Bing, public service announcements promoting Lamaze, an ASPO/Lamaze awards dinner, and video newsletters and instructional videos produced for Lamaze practitioners.


In 1951, Dr. Fernand Lamaze introduced a method of childbirth in France by incorporating techniques he observed in Russia. This method, consisting of childbirth education classes, relaxation, breathing techniques and continuous emotional support from the father and a specially trained nurse, became known as "the Lamaze method." Word of mouth spread in the United States during the late 1950s; and by 1960 the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis founded the organization, which was later known as ASPO/Lamaze and Lamaze International. Originally a medical society, it was soon organized into 3 divisions: physicians, professionals and teachers, and parents. Two of the earliest organizers were Marjorie Karmel, author of Thank You, Dr. Lamaze (1959) and Elisabeth Bing, a physical therapist who became one of the leading proponents of the method in the United States.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Series I. Lamaze educational films and videotapes, 1956-1994 (#MP-47.1-MP-47.13; Vt-112.1-Vt-112.8)
  2. Series II. Interviews, public service announcements, Lamaze video newsletters, etc., 1982-2010, n.d. (#MP-47.14-MP-47.15; Vt-112.9-Vt-112.27; DVD-3.1-3.4)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2000-M58, 2001-M219, 2006-M43, 2006-M100, 2011-M42, 2011-M112. Additional materials from accession 2000-M58 were added in June 2013.

This moving image collection of Lamaze International was given to the Schlesinger Library by Elisabeth Bing and Harriet Berry between 2000 and 2011.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Lamaze International Records, 1849-2006 (MC 707), and Audio Collection of Lamaze International, 1956-2004 (T-297; Phon-33 ).

Processing Information

Processed: May 2013

By: Melissa Dollman

Updated June 2014

By: Marilyn Morgan

Lamaze International. Moving image collection of Lamaze International, 1956-2010: A Finding Aid
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