Doula of Napa Valley - Labor Support, Childbirth Education and Placenta Encapsulation
What is a Doula and Montrice?


Birth Doula: A woman trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period.



Montrice:  Just like a doula, a monitrice provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a woman during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period. Unlike a doula, whose scope of practice prevents her from providing any clinical services, a monitrice is able to perform limited clinical assessments such as monitoring the baby’s heart rate during labor, mom’s vital signs, and assessing cervical dilation.



Why You and Your Baby Deserve a Doula
 
Although the idea is centuries old, the benefits of a Doulas one-on-one care have only recently been documented in several separate studies. Studies of Doula assisted births worldwide showed decreases in:
  • Cesarean birth by 51%
  • Pitocin use by 71%
  • Narcotics use by 35%
  • Forceps use by 57%
  • Length of labor by 98 minutes

 Effects on birth outcomes: Eleven studies showed the following effects of doula support...
 
  • Labors are shorter
  • Greater satisfaction with childbirth
  • Babies have shorter hospital stays and fewer admissions to special care nurseries
  • The cost of obstetrical care is dramatically reduced 
  • Women are pleased with the personalized care doulas offer
 
The benefit of continuous support in labor is recognized by:
The World Health Organization, The Medical Leadership Council (an organization of over 1200 U.S. hospitals), The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada




Doula of Napa Valley 
Heather Hilton-Melancon, LM, CPM
Offering Home Birth, Labor Support, Childbirth Education and Placenta Encapsulation in the Napa Valley and North Bay Area 
Napa, Ca  
(707)980-4582 
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