A monitrice is a unique combination of a doula and a midwife. A monitrice provides 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. The 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 the safety of laboring at home with a licensed midwife.
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