The Monitrice can assist in providing a continuity of care, from pre-pregnancy through post-partum. They are trained in all the basic skills that a midwife is trained, but without the certifications to actually “catch” the baby.
At the point of a woman going into labor, the Monitrice/Midwife’s Assistant attends the birth in the manner of a Doula. See the blog post: ProfessionalLaborSupport-Pt1 regarding how a Doula assists in childbirth.
A Monitrice/Midwife’s Assistant:
-Assists women with the pre-pregnancy and fertility issues they may have, along with natural birth control methods.
-Has knowledge of local resources
-Monitors the pregnancy with training in taking the blood pressure, FHT, and urine collection
They enter the labor room in a Doula capacity.
-Assist with neonatal care
-Supports breastfeeding of the baby
-May assist in post-partum care
-Knows alternative complimentary methods for pregnancy and childbirth