Doula & Monitrice
Welcome to my Doula/Monitrice page. I'm sure most of you are wondering what the definitions are of these terms. A Doula provides education, information, and emotional support during pregnancy, and offers physical comfort measures and emotional support during labor, birth, and often times during the postpartum period. She is trained to understand the process of birth and to support the mom in all her choices. She however does not provide any clinical skills. A Monitrice is a Doula with Nursing or Midwifery Skills and offers the same as a Doula but with the added bonus of some clinical skills including checking maternal vitals, listening and assessing fetal heart tones, and assessment of cervical dilation. Because of my 21 years as a Doula and Monitrice and 6 years apprenticing and assisting 2 Home-birth Midwives/CPMs, taking the Advanced Midwifery Workshop at The Farm in Summer-town, TN, and studying at the Better Birth University in Utah, I have those clinical skills and enjoy my role as either a Doula or Monitrice.
As your Doula or Monitrice I will be happy to meet with you 2 or 3 times before your birth, offer supplemental childbirth education classes, offer prenatal yoga, provide a homemade herb bath to promote postpartum healing, and so much more.
Free initial consultation and custom packages are available. Payment plan and scholarships available.
Benefits of a Doula*
50% reduction in the cesarean rate
25% shorter labor
60% reduction in epidural requests
40% reduction in oxytocin use
30% reduction in analgesia use
40% reduction in forceps delivery