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How do the roles of Monitrice, Doula, and Midwife compare?

What a Montrice, a Doula and a Midwife share in common is that they are trained and experienced in childbirth and can provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and father before, during and just after childbirth.

Giving birth to a baby is so much more than a physical phenomenon; it is a key life event that engages parents to undergo a transformational experience. A monitrice or doula who accompanies a woman in labor is able to "mother the mother," supporting her emotional and physical needs throughout childbirth. They will also provide support and suggestions for partners that can enhance their experience of birth.

A doula has special training to provide emotional, psychological and physical support to couples during labor. A Monitrice is trained in all the roles that a doula provides, along with additional nursing or medical training. Monitrice care is a comprehensive form of support as it includes monitoring your labor at home until you typically are in late active labor before you leave for your choice of birthing place, assisting you with advocacy and labor support and assisting you with breastfeeding support and other early parenting issues after the baby is born.

Midwives additionally can function as primary health care providers to pregnant and labouring women. Normally your midwife can see you for prenatal care, deliver your baby, and then continue with you in post-partum and well-woman gynaecological care.

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:
• Tends to result in shorter labors with few complications
• Reduces negative feelings about one’s childbirth experience
• Reduces the need for pitocin (a labor-inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction
• Reduces the request for pain medication and epidurals, as well as the incidence of caesareans

Research shows parents who receive support can:
• Feel more secure and cared for
• Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
• Have a greater success with breastfeeding
• Have a greater self-confidence
• Have less post-partum depression

Debra has been helping birthing women and their partners for 24 years. Her training and experience in midwifery, craniosacral therapy, massage and the birth process help women and their partners gain knowledge and confidence as they move toward their birthing time.

Debra serves families in Temecula and San Diego County.

Contact Debra to schedule your free consultation

• email: [email protected]
• phone: 760-500-1281


"Debra has become a member of our family and will be with us
at all of our future births (keep your fingers crossed *wink*)"
~ Jason & Sarah S.

"She saved my BUTT!!"
~ Matt K.

"Debra was with us for all three of our births.
She helped us in avoiding unwanted interventions."
~ Karen R.

" I would recommend Debra to anyone.
She helped us through the process of birthing our family."
~ Alysa V.

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