Every pregnant SitCom character ''must'' attend a Lamaze natural childbirth class, usually with the male character least suited for the position as her coach/partner (as the natural father, or most responsible friend was supposed to do it but had a last minute problem that had to be dealt with first). In the event that the natural father ''is'' her Lamaze coach, it usually serves to highlight that he is either a PanickyExpectantFather or a BumblingDad...or both. What results is the usual total disaster as the flustered male screws up in every possible way. It usually leads into a ScreamingBirth later in the season.

This page may include unmarked spoilers regarding characters' relationships. Beware.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Mentioned in ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}''; A ZanyScheme of Phony Bone's had him starting something called The New Age School of Lamaze and Bungy-Jumping. Smiley Bone, who is typically the one to help Phoney with his schemes, mentions that even ''[[TheDitz he]]'' thought it was a dumb idea.
* The preview for ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]] Marries Veronica: Part 3: It's Twins!'' specifically promise Archie getting into Lamaze class hijinks.
* When [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'s girlfriend realizes she's pregnant from her last relationship, he disguises himself as Alvin Draper to attend Lamaze class with her -- because going in mask and cape would be a wee bit conspicuous, and he's ready to play father to her baby, but not allowed by Batman to let her know his real name. (And no, the "other boy" who is actually responsible for her condition is ''not'' Tim-by-yet-another-name.)


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* In the ''Little Cherub'' series by ''Beautifulpurpleflame'', Raven attends natural-born class twice - because the first time, the child was a drunken accident and she ran away, so the second time, "Beast Boy insisted on having the whole pregnancy experience and guilted her into going again".


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Jack & Sarah'', Jack (played by Creator/RichardEGrant) goes to a Lamaze class with his pregnant wife Sarah, and pretends, [[LargeHam hammily]], that [[MisterSeahorse he has himself suddenly gone into labor]] in the middle of the class.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the third ''Literature/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'' book, Carmen's stepfather is unable to make it to her mother's Lamaze class, so Carmen herself steps in. (And then it's [[SugarAndIcePersonality Tibby]] who's with Christina when she gives birth.)


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/FamilyTies'': Alex fills in as coach for a single woman named Donna during Lamaze class in the Keatons' living room. He later, in typical Alex fashion, goes way over the top and becomes obsessed with his impending "fatherhood".
* ''Series/{{Full House}}'': Jesse does his best to dodge Becky's pregnancy-induced mood swings. When Becky's Lamaze instructor, Lisa Green, holds a Lamaze class in the living room with Jesse and Becky and some of their friends who are soon to become parents, Joey and Danny compete for Lisa's affections.
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* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' Had one of these. Phil is unable to take Vivian to her Lamaze class, and her own children welch out as well. This leads Will to attend, where he picks up one of the other mothers (who turns out to be his favorite sportswriter). The episode ends with her (the writer) giving birth in the back of a limo, on the way back from a sports game. Will assists.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': the pregnant Carol is the one unable to attend, so the classes are taken by her ex-husband Ross and her girlfriend Susan. HilarityEnsues as the two argue over which of them should be the "woman".
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' has the title character playing birth coach to her friend Crystal. Also has an example of a ScreamingBirth when Roseanne has a {{Flashback}} to D.J.'s birth.
* ''Series/MurphyBrown''
* On ''Series/NightCourt'' when Christine was pregnant, she attended a class with Harry, Dan and Bull. During the class, Christine has imagine spots of what each of them would be like as a father figure to her child. At the end, she asks [[spoiler: Roz]] to be her coach going forward.
* ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' had one of these, though the humor mostly came from Paul Rudd as the uncomfortably hands-on instructor.
* ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' - not a sitcom, but played for warm fuzzy laughs anyway.
* The Aussie version of ''Series/KathAndKim'' had a variant: Brett (the father) has used Kim's beanbag for a sympathy pregnancy, forcing Kim to use Sharon as a beanbag at the class.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' had the three boys attend one of these classes, it was about the only time in the series all three of them actually learned something together.
* Surprisingly averted on ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', considering there have been three pregnancies in three seasons. It gets a mention with the first pregnant girl, Amy. When she's in labor at the hospital, [[HandWave she says she was supposed to go to the class next week]]. It's never brought up with the other pregnant characters.
* In the fourth season of ''Series/{{Desperate Housewives}}'', [[spoiler: Susan and Mike]] go to Lamaze class... only to find that [[spoiler: her ex-husband is also attending the class with his new wife]]. Awkward.
* Happened on ''Series/MamasFamily'', with Mama being Naomi's coach. Impatient to get out of the class and go to her bingo game, Mama decides to get brutally honest with the expectant mothers about the horrors of childbirth, including describing her favorite "breathing technique": "Inhale...AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
* When her pregnant daughter won't go, the title character ''Series/{{Reba}}'' goes with the baby's father, and he winds up being the 'mommy'. Naturally, Reba's ex-husband and his new wife are there as well.
* In ''Series/WillAndGrace'', the two attend one for Grace's pregnancy.
* Possibly one of the best variants of this happened on Series/{{The L Word}}, where [[spoiler:transgender Max and his boyfriend attended a supremely awkward lamaze-or-similar class involving a visibly pregnant and visibly male Max.]]
* Earl and Fran went to a Lamaze class in ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}''. Earl wondered why they had to so since their baby is going to come from an egg.
* Mentioned (but unfortunately never seen) in ''Series/TheXFiles'', in which Mulder goes to Lamaze class with Scully. He jokingly demonstrates as she's getting ready to go, and Scully asks him how he knows all of this. He responds with "Hey, I'm unemployed. I've got a lot of time on my hands. Oprah. I watch a lot of Oprah." Too bad we never got to actually see the class; Mulder going to Lamaze would have surely been amusing.
* Also mentioned but never seen on ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''. Danny mentions taking it with Lindsay.
* In ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Eric fills in for his father at one of these classes during his mother's fourth pregnancy, and then when his dad arrives he becomes the partner of another woman in the class whose husband is off in the navy. HilarityEnsues, naturally, because Eric is TheDitz.
* In the UK version of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', one game of Party Quirks had Josie Lawrence as someone thinking the party is actually this.
* ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' had one in the season 4 episode "Circus of the Epidurals", when all the main characters show up to support each other in their support for Susan, or something. Highlights included the class being taken by [[CloudCuckooLander Jayne]]'s ex-therapist from "Inferno", who is less than thrilled to have to deal with her again, and [[KavorkaMan Patrick]] turning out to have slept with ''all'' the expectant mothers.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', for Rick and Joanie. Unexpectedly (and to Rick's shock) Joanie actually has the baby in the class.


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Creator/BillCosby's classic stand up routine, "Natural Childbirth".
* Sinbad's Guide To Life had Sinbad and his wife attending Lamaze class and being the best in the class. But as Sinbad said, "that whole breathing thing didn't last when the real deal came, though."
* Robert Klein featured this on "Child Of The '50s, Man Of The '80s."
* [[Series/MockTheWeek Dara Ó Briain]] described attending a new-age Lamaze seminar with his then-pregnant wife in his show "This is the Show". Neither he nor his wife, a surgeon, were particularly impressed with the coach's holistic "don't let the doctors ''near you''!" approach. Behold: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khfJ-HB12Z0
* Creator/RobinWilliams parodied the entire idea in one of his earliest comedy routines with the claim that he and his wife were using [="LeMans"=] instead of Lamaze, where the birth is styled after Grand Prix racing, complete with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Stewart Jackie Stewart]] providing commentary.
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy went to a Lamaze class where the teacher said, "Now, after your wife's water breaks, ''do not'' have sex." Jeff raised his hand and asked, "Is this really a problem?"
--> "That's a sensitive husband, isn't he? 'So, just how far apart are the contractions, sweet thing? Seems like a shame to waste this semi-private room.'"


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Featured in the ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' episode "Coffins and Cradel's". Brendon is his stepmom's Lamaze coach. Ironically leading into a screaming birth in the same episode.
* Featured in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''. Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert are tending to Filbert's egg for his wife, and they are at a baby-things store. The store offers Lamaze classes, and all the other expectant couples are chickens. [[spoiler: It turns out the class was a scam by a bunch of Easter Bunnies to steal the eggs.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Surro-Gate", Francine, carrying Greg and Terry's future daughter, attends Lamaze with them and Stan. Francine does the exercises, while Greg hyperventilates.