- Recognizes birth and the postpartum as key experiences that the birthing family will remember all their lives

- Understands the physiology of birth and the postpartum experience and the emotional needs of a family crossing the threshold.

- Assists their clients in preparing for and carrying out their plans for birth and setting up realistic postpartum goals

- Maintains connection with their clients throughout their perinatal experience

- Provides emotional and tactical support, physical comfort measures, and an objective viewpoint 

- Helps their clients get the information they need to make an informed decisions and set reasonable goals

- Facilitates communication between their clients and their clinical care as need