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The Pacific Association for Labor Support is a membership organization dedicated to the development of the doula profession and to supporting its members. Fundamental to doula care is the understanding that continuous emotional support with reassurance during the birthing process improves and enhances maternal-infant outcomes and maternal satisfaction. The primary purpose of the doula profession is to positively influence the childbearing experience for women and their families.OUR VISION
The Pacific Association for Labor Support envisions that the importance of birth to women, babies, families and the entire community is acknowledged. Women's experiences in birth will be honored and the empowering and transformative potential of the birth process will be recognized. The role of the doula will be accepted as an integral part of maternity care, and the doula profession will be a sustainable and viable career option.
OUR CORE VALUES AND GUIDING PRICIPLES ARE:
- Childbirth is a significant life experience that has a lasting influence on families.
- Specifically, the support--continuous emotional care, encouragement, education, physical comfort and confidence--that a woman or her family receives during childbirth provides the opportunity for a lasting positive effect on their lives.
- The doula ensures that the woman's and her family's support needs are met during labor.
- In order to continue meeting the support needs of laboring women and families, doulas benefit from a community that provides mutual support, education, and leadership.
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