Elisabeth Bing

Elisabeth Bing
Elisabeth Dorothea Koenigsberger

(1914-07-08)8 July 1914
Berlin, Germany
Died15 May 2015(2015-05-15) (aged 100)
New York City, United States
Other namesElisabeth Koenigsberger
OccupationPhysical therapist
Known forProponent of natural childbirth
Notable work
Fred Max Bing (m. 1951)
Children1 (son, Peter)

Elisabeth Dorothea Bing (née Koenigsberger; 8 July 1914 – 15 May 2015) was a German physical therapist, co-founder of Lamaze International, and proponent of natural childbirth.[1][2] She trained as a physical therapist in England after fleeing Nazi Germany due to her Jewish ancestry. Her hospital work there made her interested in natural childbirth, and she taught it to parents in the United States after she moved there in 1949. To promote natural childbirth methods, she co-founded the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics (now Lamaze International), made several TV appearances and radio broadcasts, and wrote several books on the subject. She became known as the "mother" of the Lamaze method in the United States.

Early life

Bing was born on 8 July 1914, in a suburb of Berlin.[1][3] Hers was a home birth, and she was delivered before the doctor could arrive.[3] Her family were of Jewish descent, but converted to Protestantism years before her birth, and on sensing danger with the rise of Nazi Germany, they decided to leave the country. Elisabeth left Germany for England in September 1933. She was the first of the family to leave.[3]

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