Why did you decide to become an Doula & Midwife?
I have always been drawn to the amazing process of pregnancy and birth. Soon after becoming pregnant in 2003, I was hooked. Looking for any excuse to learn more about birth and be around this amazing experience. I felt so empowered by my births and believe every woman has that right. As a midwife and monitrice I provide holistic, one-on-one care for women, empowering them and working with them to make informed decisions about their bodies and babies. It is my goal to help families come together to create a safe and peaceful birth experience, wherever that may be. .
What is the difference between a monitrice and a doula?
When I set out to focus on my midwifery practice I missed supporting women in the hospital. Not everyone wants to or can have a home birth and I love to bring those two worlds together.
A monitrice is a unique combination of a doula and a midwife. They provide all the same physical and emotional support of a doula but can also help monitor mother and baby while laboring at home. A monitrice can monitor baby’s heart rate, monitor the mothers vitals and even check cervical dilation if requested. You even have the option of laboring in a birth tub before going into the hospital. A monitrice will accompany you to the hospital and continue to provide emotional and physical support as a doula. This may be the perfect option for families who still wish to birth in a hospital but like the idea of extra support and laboring at home.
What other services do you offer?
In addition to full service doula and midwifery prenatal care, I offer placenta encapsulation for my clients as well. There are many great benefits including:
• Increase general energy
• Allow a quicker return to health after birth
• Increase production of breast milk
• Decrease likelihood of baby blues and post-partum depression
• Decrease likelihood of iron deficiency
• Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders
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