When pregnancy, labor, and birthing are supported in a way that does not interfere with the woman’s natural instincts at the time of child birth, it can be one of the most empowering and fulfilling experiences in a woman’s life.
This experience has the potential to impact everyone present in the deepest of ways. Delivery your baby at home gives you the choice of who you want to attend your birth and who cares for you. You can choose what foods you feel like eating and what you want to drink during the time of childbirth.
During your labor, you can walk, dance or rest following your body’s natural instincts. Feeling safe and supported at the time of childbirth helps your labor progress normally. If you desire, you can give birth in water and then move to your own cozy bed.
Many women feel most comfortable in their own space, immersed in their own familiar sights, smells, and sounds. If a woman feels safe emotionally, labor is more likely to proceed normally, the cervix opens as it should, and baby navigates the birth canal in a normal fashion.
As mammals, when we are uncomfortable or scared, our bodies release chemicals and hormones that halt or slow labor; the more comfortable we are, the more normal the progress of labor. Many women love that they do not have to be in the car during labor.
Our fundamental belief is that women are powerful and that birth is a normal event in the life of a family. As each mother and baby are unique, each birth is unique. Together, pregnancy, labor, and birth can be a powerful rite of passage for a family. During this precious transformation we midwives serve to hold a circle of safety, allowing labor and birth to unfold naturally.
A Monitrice is a licensed midwife who provides doula and medical services for a mother who wants to deliver at the hospital but labor at home as long as possible. A monitrice can support the woman throughout pregnancy, during birth, postpartum, and with family life. During early labor, we meet with the mom in the comfort of their home and go with them to the hospital for the remainder of the labor and delivery. As a Monitrice we are trained to do vaginal examinations and monitor mom and baby vital signs while in the home setting. When we go to the hospital the medical professionals in that facility are then responsible for your medical care.