Lamaze is another technique used by some women. Dr Grantley Dick Read encouraged women to give birth naturally by reducing the fear (and pain) of childbirth through knowledge and relaxation. Dr Lamaze advanced a number of simple strategies to facilitate normal birth and help women to give birth without medication. Psychoprohylaxis, the Lamaze Method of Childbirth, consists of continuous labor support (by the monitrice) and the use of a repertoire of relaxation and breathing strategies. Lamaze believed that controlled, conditioned breathing exercises were effective in blocking women's perception of pain of contractions.