Monitrice is the French word for “coach” or “instructor”. A Monitrice is a labor coach and consumer advocate. Most often, a Monitrice is a woman trained to provide support not only during childbirth, but also throughout the course of your pregnancy. A Monitrice is an experienced guide to offer support and assistance to birthing couples. A Monitrice is perfect for couples planning a birth center or traditional hospital birth, as well as couples planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
What does a Monitrice do?
I can help you choose the physician and facility that will permit you to have the type of birth experience you would like to have. I can help you to write a birth plan to assure that your wishes for your birth and the care of your newborn are honored. I will provide an educational prenatal care program to supplement care by your physician. This prenatal care is not designed to replace care by a physician, but rather to expand and supplement it with an educational program including nutritional, psychological and emotional aspects of pregnancy. The frequency of visits will depend on the stage of your pregnancy. I will see you monthly through your seventh month, bimonthly during your eighth month, and weekly until birth (or more frequently, if needed). I will support you in labor, monitoring both you and your baby at home to avoid arriving at the hospital too early. I am an informed consumer advocate and labor coach who will work with you in the hospital to achieve your optimal birth experience.
Who needs a Monitrice?
Every pregnant woman can benefit from the experienced support of a Monitrice during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. As a Monitrice, I am particularly useful for first-time mothers, women having a VBAC, and women who have strong negative associations with previous births. My services are also useful for couples who desire a natural, unmedicated birth.
Won’t my doctor provide the same care as a Monitrice?
I provide comprehensive prenatal care designed to supplement the care by your physician. Hour long visits throughout your pregnancy assure time to address your questions and concerns.
What does the Monitrice Service include and what is the cost?
My Monitrice services include a free one-hour consultation/interview at my office. One you’ve decided to book with me, we will schedule a two-hour history appointment at which I will ask you lots of questions about your family medical history, pregnancy history, any pregnancy concerns that you might be experiencing, and much more. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions during this appointment. After this two-hour evaluation, we will meet monthly for hour-long visits. During these visits, we get to know one another very well, I get to know what your ideal birth experience is, we discuss the importance of nutrition and hydration in pregnancy, we discuss your choices in childbirth which might include risks and benefits of various interventions, and I teach you how to monitor how well you are taking care of yourself between visits. In your eighth month, we will have two visits, one at 35 weeks gestation and a home visit at 37 weeks gestation. At your home visit, we will finalize your birth plan and discuss where you want to labor. At this point, you are considered full-term and I am on-call for you 24 hours/day, 7 days/week until you have your baby. After your home visit, we will do weekly half-hour office visits to check in until the birth of your baby. When you go into labor, I will labor with you at home and then at the hospital and stay with you in the early postpartum period for one to two hours. I will check in with you at 24 hours postpartum by phone. We will also have an office visit at 3 weeks postpartum for an hour. This program also includes phone and email support throughout your pregnancy and through the first 6 weeks of the postpartum period, as well as access to our community resources list in the event that you need further assistance with transitioning into parenthood.
The Monitrice fee is $1,500.00 per birth, with $500.00 due when you sign the contract (usually at your history appointment) and the remainder due by 37 weeks. However, I believe that every woman has the right to good labor support, so if this fee seems out of your budget, please let me know because we can always discuss a payment plan. Please keep in mind that if you figure out the fee over the average number of hours spent with each client from the first meeting through the postpartum visit, plus cost of business expenses (parking fees, gas, birth supplies, childcare, self-employment taxes, etc.), I only take home about $200.00 to $300.00 from each birth.
The mileage charge is $5.00 per mile and is separate from the Monitrice fee. Mileage is calculated one-way from my office to your home. Travel to households or hospitals outside of Franklin County are subject to an additional mileage charge.
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