MONITRICE /MIDWIFE’S ASSISTANT
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
The childbirth educator teaches and assists women in understanding the nature of childbirth, from pre-conception through the first year of baby’s life. The information they give assists women in having a better and safer birth experience.
The professional Childbirth Educator trained at Birth Arts International adheres to the “Midwifery Model” of care, as outlined by MANA. This is where I am training (and near completion of).
Here are some things that may be covered:
- Nutrition – preparation to conceive, during pregnancy, and post-partum
- Pre-natal tests: What is required and why
- Exercise: for optimal health, and to tone muscles in preparation for birth, as well as post-partum exercises
- Stages of labor
- C-sections and VBAC
- Neonatal care (newborn baby care)
Even second-time mommies can benefit from classes. It helps you to have a better / safer birth to review information.
Childbirth Educators can assist in labor, in a much similar way that a Doula would. They can answer your questions and assist after the baby is born.
Part 3: Midwifery