Indeed, Fernand Lamaze wrote that "there is nothing specifically Russian about this method.
Fernand Lamaze, for example, emphasized the significance of breathing techniques for the method's success.
(8) Fernand Lamaze, Painless Childbirth; Psychoprophylactic Method (Chicago: H.
In the 1940s, a French obstetrician, Fernand Lamaze, went to the Soviet Union to learn a technique called "psychoprophylaxis." This was a pain alleviation technique derived from Pavlovian methods and used by Russian midwives.
Fernand Lamaze, the obstetrician, went to Russia to learn the techniques originated by a giant in the history of psychiatry and then applied those techniques to the process of childbearing.