A doula provides continuous emotional and physical labor support for those choosing home, hospital, or surgical birth. A doula is your advocate during labor and birth, helping to facilitate the birth experience you would like to have. Doulas are experts in comfort measures, relaxation techniques, and the physiological process of labor and birth. Doulas are knowledgable about hospital procedures and interventions as well as possible risks and benefits. A doula is an invaluable resource for those seeking a non-medicated birth. Prenatally, a doula offers childbirth preparation and education and help creating a birth plan. A doula also helps to establish breastfeeding and is available to discuss any questions you may have about your birth postnatally. Basic doula services include one prenatal visit, labor and birth support, and one postpartum visit. The sliding scale fee ranges from $500 – $1,000. Please visit the contact page if you would like more information or to schedule an appointment.
A monitrice offers a blend of midwifery and doula care for those who are planning a hospital birth and desire greater involvement in prenatal appointments and for labor support. A monitrice provides supplemental care prenatally to that of your primary care provider ranging from information about your baby’s position to suggestions regarding nutrition and exercise. In addition to her role as a doula, a monitrice is trained to assess vital signs, monitor fetal heart tones and fetal position, and check cervical progress. For those who wish to labor at home before going to the hospital or who must travel a distance to get to a hospital, a monitrice provides information on labor progress which aids in determining when to go to the hospital or if active labor has begun. Once at the hospital, a monitrice no longer offers medical assessments and serves the role of a doula by providing labor support, comfort techniques, continuity, and advocacy. After birth, a monitrice provides assistance with breastfeeding and newborn care. Montrice services include up to four prenatal visits, labor and birth support, and two postpartum visits for mom and baby. The sliding scale fee for monitrice services ranges from $1,000 – $2,000. Please visit the contact page if you would like more information or to schedule an appointment.