Lamaze has identified six care practices that promote, support and protect normal birth. These are:
- Labor should begin on its own.
- Laboring women should be free to move throughout labor.
- Laboring women should have continuous support from others throughout labor.
- There should be no routine interventions during labor and birth.
- Women should not give birth on their backs.
- Mothers and babies should not be separated after birth and should have unlimited opportunity for breastfeeding.