Pioneer in Lamaze Dies

NEW YORK (AP) -

Elisabeth Bing, the Lamaze International co-founder who popularized what was known as natural childbirth, died Friday at 100 in her New York apartment.

Trained as a physical therapist, Bing taught techniques to generations of expectant mothers, and wrote several books about birth.

Born July 8, 1914, in Berlin, Bing, who was of Jewish descent, fled Nazi Germany with her family for England, where she got her physical therapy training. Working with new mothers got her thinking about delivery practices, an interest she brought with her to the United States in 1949.