Home birth only skipped one generation in my family, and that was mine. My parents were both born at home, my mother with a midwife and my father was caught by his own grandmother. My children were both born at home under the care of a midwife. There is something to be said about the art of midwifery, not only has the knowledge and practice been handed down from grandmother to mother, but we now have modern science to help light the way. Blending ancestral knowledge with modern medicine has given us such an advantage!
What if you are planning to birth in a hospital or birth center, and would like to labor at home for as long as possible, but you don’t know when to go to the hospital, or you are afraid you will have waited too long. Then you would need a monitrice, a french word which means to monitor. But a monitrice does more than just monitor, she is a midwife while in your home, monitoring you and your baby, helping to guide you and your partner through early labor. She helps decide when to go, and goes with you to the hospital or birth center, once there she stays on as your doula, providing continuity of care.
How much research does the average person do before buying a car? Or before buying a new TV or anything for that matter? As consumers I’d say we spend quite a bit of time shopping around. But when it comes to childbirth we walk blindly into the unknown. And sometimes with a care provider we hardly know. Do your research! Take a class! Read books! Giving birth today isn’t like how it used to be. There is so much to learn and many important decisions to be made.