The Birth Haven Standards

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support and physical comfort measures 
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing the woman's memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
  • Supports each and every decision made by the woman giving birth 
  • Does not speak on behalf of the family she has been hired to support
  • Does not speak against a provider or give clinical diagnosis or opinions

A Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

  • Recognizes the postpartum year to be a key experience families will remember forever
  • Understands the postpartum body, warning signs after birth, signs of postpartum depression and the general needs of the family unit
  • Assists the family by supporting their parenting goals
  • Is hired based on the need for day or night time support
  • Provides non judgmental support, a listening ear, and a calming presence
  • Helps the family acclimate to this new life
  • Does not speak on the behalf of the family
  • Does not give clinical assessments or diagnose