I am pregnant and preparing for a hospital Vba2c. I'd like to have a monitrice labor with me at home and come with me to the hospital as a Doula. I;m looking for someone with experience with checking fetal heart tones, cervical dilation etc. Any leads will be greatly appreciated.
Sorry, I don't know of any specific 'monitrices' around here. As a doula, I'd very rarely need to check a woman's cervix to have an idea of her dilation/point she's at in labor. It's something I kind of just got accustomed to assessing as an observer of laboring women and being with them so much through full unmedicated labors. So, that part should be less of a worry when hiring an experienced doula, if she of course also feels comfortable when you ask such a question. But, if the FHT are a big necessity/worry for you, then I can say this - what women in your situation have done before is pay out of pocket to hire a homebirth midwife for the time period you'll be at home for, then she can attend you at the hospital as a doula, too.
Where are you having your baby?
Best to you :)
Already!?!?! ~ Lori, doula, childbirth educator, wife to Jermaine 6/04, and mom to two happy and energetic boys - Tatum 6/06 and Keegan 3/09
As far as I know Lori is correct, there are no monitrice's at all on this side of PA. It's hard to get experience as a monitrice for one thing, and most doulas can't offer that because their certifying organizations frown upon it. Her suggestion to potentially hire a homebirth midwife for at home labor monitoring is an excellent one.
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