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