A monitrice is someone who is trained in assessing vital signs, palpating fetal position, monitoring fetal heart tones, and checking cervical progress for a woman in labor. A monitrice does not deliver the baby, but these skills help support women by laboring at home until arriving to a hospital in active labor. Monitrice services would be beneficial for:
Women who desire to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) in a hospital setting
Women who desire to have continuity of care through midwifery services but whose pregnancies have become "high-risk" (insulin dependent gestational diabetes, severe anemia, pre-eclampsia, etc.)
Women who desire to have continuity of care through midwifery services but feel unsafe delivering at their home
Depending on your individual pregnancy, your midwife can provide continuity of care through prenatal services, provide labor support at home before deciding a good time to go in to the hospital, and then accompany you to the hospital and take on the role of "doula support" once arriving. Your midwife can then help you navigate through the hospital's policies and procedures and advocate for your birthing desires and the well-being of you and your baby.
Monitrice service ensures continuity of care throughout your prenatal period, labor and delivery, and postpartum. Having a knowledgeable midwife in your corner advocating for you when entering the hospital system can help you achieve the birth plan you desire.