Doula Monitrice

The word ‘doula’ comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing (DONA International) and has come to mean “woman caregiver for another woman”.

By the second trimester you may have already chosen a birth location and a primary care provider with whom you feel comfortable. This is where your midwives can provide doula-monitrice services to help guide, support and nurture you through a drug free, natural labor and delivery in a hospital setting.

They’ll meet with you for several prenatal visits prior to your due date to help plan for the birth and discuss questions you might have. Because of their unique and extensive medical backgrounds and experience, they can help you make wise decisions regarding medical interventions such as if and when to be induced, the use of pitocin, epidurals, etc…

They’ll help you create your birth plan which you will give to your doctor and the hospital staff on call on the day of your labor. They will be with you at home during labor (prior to going to the hospital). Because they are midwives, they are able to monitor your vital signs, fetal heart tones and changes in your cervix. When you are ready to depart for the hospital, they will accompany you.

At the hospital they can help you cope with pain using a variety of natural techniques such as massage, acupressure, positioning, and the use of warm compresses and showers.

A doula-monitrice can:

    • Explain every new change during each step of the birthing process
    • Provide postpartum care after the birth
    • Help you with breastfeeding techniques
    • Explain the many hospital tests your newborn faces

Your midwives will provide a minimum of two in-home postpartum visits afterwards in order to check the progress with healing, breastfeeding and bonding.

The benefits of doulas have been shown in fourteen controlled trials in several countries, and the results have been reported in highly respected publications such as, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Women reported more positive evaluations of the birth experience and felt more relaxed during labor when they received continuous and experienced woman-to-woman support.

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With unique and extensive medical backgrounds and comprehensive experience, they will evaluate available methodologies in order to provide and enable you with the safest and most rewarding prenatal, birthing and postpartum experiences.

Please contact San Diego Midwife at (760) 936-4165 or email with any questions and to schedule your free consultation. Please include your phone number if you would like a call back. The office is located at Indigo Dragon 451 La Veta Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.