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Can anyone tell me or lead me to a path of becoming a montrice. I don't want to be a midwife just yet... but I do want to support women in labor but I would like to provide some of the clinical work, like vaginal exams or fetal heart tones, especially if they are interested in having a natural childbirth in a hospital setting. I don't know where to turn.<br><br>
currently, I am still going through the certification process through DONA, but one of the main reasons I haven't finished is because I don't know I want to be certified thru them because I know it is against their codes and ethics as a doula.<br><br>
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I know the organization I am getting my doula certification through offers a monitrice certification program...it is BOCES (Birthing Options Childbirth Education & Services). It is a Christian organization so I don't know if that will appeal to you or not...I don't think you have to be Christian to certify through them, though. You might try googling monitrice certification to see if any more pull up....HTH, and let me know if I can help with anything. Monitrice certification is my next step, too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
ETA: here is BOCES website <a href="http://www.birthingoptions.com" target="_blank">www.birthingoptions.com</a>
 

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thank you! I will get right to work on the research! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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What is a montrice?<br>
Thanks,<br>
Lisa
 

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A monitrice is trained to assess labor progress and maternal/fetal vital signs. She also offers labor support like a doula. Some women like to have a monitrice help them labor at home so that they know when birth is close. Then she goes with them to the hospital and acts as a doula offering comfort and support but not clinical skills.
 

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I'd never heard of this until I met one in my chilbirth education class who was from Indiana. Can anyone tell me where to get more info on this, and if this exists in WA state?<br><br>
Also, are you sure it's against DONA's codes & ethics? I just finished their doula class, but haven't been certified yet, but in the class I was given the impression we were just not to work outside our scope of practice. One of the women in the class was a L&D RN who wanted to know how to offer more support to those who were giving birth in the hospital on her shift. I don't know if she's going to be certified by DONA but she's certainly within her scope of practice to do vaginal exams.
 

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yes, it's definetly against DONA's codes and ethics. I have even called them to find out if they would give me any leads to where I could become certified as a montrice........ and the representive for DONA stated strongly that it was against their codes and ethics. I knew this but I was just trying to get some leads. I found something online called doula notes...... i think the website is <a href="http://www.doulanotes.com" target="_blank">www.doulanotes.com</a>. On there, they have a list off all the organizations that trains doulas, they compare tuition, paperwork you would have to do, etc. On there I found a organization called titas 2 birth..... it's also a Christian organization offering montrice certification. So, so far, I've only been able to find two.
 
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