Consultations for Conception, Pregnancy and Well-Woman/ Person, Services are free, and can be scheduled in your home.
Phone & Email Support
I am available 24 hours for my clients. During your pregnancy you will have phone access 24 hours, and e-mails are usually answered within 24 hours.
Prenatal visits are scheduled in your home every four weeks, every two weeks after 26 weeks, and every week from 26 weeks until delivery.
Postpartum care begins as soon as you deliver your baby, and continues through the sixth week. Visits will be scheduled as needed.
Lactation and Postpartum Support
Lactation education is done throughout your pregnancy, and supported for as long as necessary for you to be successful.
There is little scientific research available regarding placental encapsulation and consumption and its benefits.
Tradition and holistic medical customs embrace a number of potential advantages which come from ingesting the placenta.
Among these possible benefits are:
Increased release of the hormone oxytocin, which helps the uterus return to normal size and encourages bonding with the infant
Increase in CRH, a stress-reducing hormone
A decrease in post-partum depression levels
Restoration of iron levels in the blood
Increase in milk production
Well Woman / Person Care
An annual exam is recommended, with a PAP every three years. This can be done in home, or in the office
Pre-Conception / Conception Planning
If your are thinking about starting a family pre-conception counseling and lab work is provided.
Counseling for intra-cervical or intrauterine insemination is provided along with appropriate labs, ultrasounds and referrals.
You might just be learning about the distinctions between a doula and midwife when you read this new word: monitrice. What on earth is a monitrice? .
A monitrice is a person who acts in all the ways a doula functions during labor and birth. ADDITIONALLY, she has nursing or midwifery or medical training in the field of maternal-child health. She may be a former labor & delivery nurse, a certified professional midwife in a state where this type of midwife is not legal, or a non-practicing nurse-midwife.
Monitrices do not intentionally deliver babies on their own. They go into the hospital with the laboring woman when she is close to delivery, and continue to support her during the labor, but the woman’s midwife or physician then delivers the baby. After the birth the monitrice provides postpartum follow-up care, assessing breastfeeding and newborn concerns, and referring to lactation consultants and pediatricians when appropriate.
Benefits to Working with a Monitrice
1. A monitrice is professionally trained in both maternal-child health as well as labor support.
2. A monitrice can work with you at home prior to coming into the hospital.
3. While at home, a monitrice can monitor your labor by listening to your baby’s heart rate, checking cervical dilatation and observing for normal
and abnormal labor patterns.
4. When your labor begins spontaneously, the monitrice can come to your home and work with you there until late active labor, so in many circumstances you can stay at home until 8 cm dilatation before coming into the hospital.
5. A monitrice is trained in normal newborn delivery & neonatal resuscitation in the event the baby comes faster than expected. She is also trained in fetal heart rate monitoring and newborn care and breastfeeding assistance.
6. A monitrice is trained in providing labor support for natural birth. She uses tools such as positioning, teaching abdominal breathing and deep relaxation, as well as other tools to facilitate a natural birth.
7. A monitrice has knowledge of labor and birth interventions. She can explain risks and benefits of labor medications and procedures such as epidural anesthesia and cesarean section.
8. A monitrice can speak to the primary health care provider and hospital nurses about your preferences and plan of care during the labor and birth process.
9. A monitrice can assist after the birth with the initiation of breastfeeding and evaluating normal and abnormal postpartum concerns.
10. A monitrice can evaluate newborns after mother and baby are discharged from the hospital and make appropriate referrals to lactations consultants and pediatricians in situations where mother and/or baby need further care.