Offer an environment of respect, support, and privacy for laboring women and their families.
Provide an environment that is conducive to family-centered care.
Provide safe care to low-risk women during the prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum period and beyond.
Instill confidence in women and support their own efforts to give birth.
Encourage women in taking responsibility for their health by encouraging and educating women to be true participants in their care.
Respect and encourage expressions of cultural diversity.