Monitrices Advanced Labor Support
For far too many women pregnancy and birth is still something that happens to them rather than something they set out consciously and joyfully to do themselves. – Sheila Kitzinger, The Experience of Childbirth
The experience of childbirth can be a transformational moment in a woman’s life. It is an opportunity for deep personal growth, empowerment and clarification of values. A satisfying birth experience can lead to increased bonding and maternal awareness, and helps prepare a woman for mothering from a place of strength and love, regardless of place of delivery or outcome.
For women who really desire a natural birth, but are not ready or able to plan a home delivery, a monitrice can help you achieve your goals. Monitrice is a term word coined by French obstetrician Frederick LeBoyer to refer to an advanced labor assistant. In addition to the emotional support, education and physical comfort measures provided by a doula, the monitrice also offers advanced clinical skills and experience that help you stay home longer while safely monitoring labor progress and the well-being of you and your baby.
I offer monitrice/advanced doula services especially for those women seeking a superior level of prenatal and labor support services while planning a hospital delivery. With more than 15 years of experience as a midwife, I bring a highly skilled and personalized approach to my labor support clients. I can help you stay home in early active labor while safely monitoring you and your unborn child, providing accurate assessment and management of labor progress and helping you decide when it would be best to proceed to the hospital. I can help with nutrition, an exercise plan, provide education and explanation for common pregnancy concerns and medical procedures, offer help with breastfeeding, postpartum recovery and newborn care. I am also a certified Red Cross CPR instructor and can train you and your child’s caregivers in Infant and Pediatric CPR.
Seannie Gibson, LM, CPM
Licensed Midwife Providing Monitrice Services
Labor of Love Advanced Labor Support
Labor of Love Advanced Labor Support offers expertise and compassionate care for your birth by a Certified Professional Midwife who is licensed as a midwife by the state of California and has many years experience offering hospital labor support and midwifery care.