• Recognizes childbirth as a key life event that will always be remembered
• Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
• Assists the parents in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth
• Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the parents get the information they need in order to make informed decisions
• Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, the father, and clinical care providers
• Encourages the father to participate at his comfort level
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Nurtures and cares for women during the postpartum period by alleviating many of the challenges and stress when arriving home with a new baby. The mother is cared for in a way that provides comfort in knowing that her other children, husband, meals, errands, and house demands are being met, while she is gaining confidence through support and guidance in caring for her new baby. Postpartum Doulas make this transition easier for everyone and allows this time to be enjoyable, rather than overwhelming and full of unnecessary challenges.