Cassandra is a maternal-child health nurse with 18 years of experience working with mothers, babies and families. She has been involved in over 400 births in various roles, including holistic doula/monitrice and out-of-hospital birth assistant/midwife apprentice. She is also an international board certified lactation consultant. She practices from an integrative model of care.
Cassandra has been in a mothering role all her life. She is not a biological mother, but her calling is to mother the mother. She is passionate about empowering women to find their own innate wisdom and trust their natural instincts. She is a guide on the journey.
A Little Herstory for the Modern Woman
Woman’s servant. A trained, non-medical professional experienced in childbirth who provides emotional, physical and informational support to a woman before, during and after childbirth.
An assistant who provides support for a woman in labor. A professional labor support person who combines nursing and/or midwifery skills with doula care.
Nurse (Latin “nutricius”)
One who nourishes. A healthcare provider who cares for a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. A nurse is an advocate, a comforter, a guardian and a healer. A nurse abides by the Nightingale Pledge.
With women. A primary healthcare provider who cares for women across the lifespan. A midwife offers gynecological, prenatal, birth, postpartum and newborn services to women and families. A midwife cares for healthy women with low risk pregnancies.
A mother’s servant, assistant and guide for birth, breastfeeding and beyond.
What Does a Monitrice Do?
⬥ Clinical assessment of mother and baby in early/active labor, including vital signs, baby position, fetal heart tones by Doppler or fetoscope, cervical exams if desired or indicated, nitrazine paper to check for ruptured membranes
⬥ Herbal/homeopathic guidance with muscle testing for correct remedy
⬥ Birth provider updates
⬥ Emotional/physical/informational support
⬥ Advanced labor support techniques, including acupressure and Emotional Freedom Techniques®
A monitrice is not functioning as a primary healthcare provider or a midwife. A monitrice is not managing labor or birth. A monitrice is using clinical skills appropriate to her education and experience, in order to provide information to parents for decision making. A monitrice works for the parents, not the birth provider or the place of birth.
A monitrice is not functioning as an herbalist or a homeopath. A monitrice is not administering herbal or homeopathic remedies. A monitrice is offering information and guidance about the use of herbal and homeopathic remedies during the childbearing year. This guidance may include muscle testing, a non-invasive applied kinesiology technique that assesses the body’s positive or negative response, to find the correct remedy.
Why is a Doula Right for You?
You might be asking yourself why you would consider hiring a doula if you are planning an out-of-hospital birth. Midwives are amazing primary healthcare providers, who provide a model of woman-centered care that is not usually found in modern obstetric practice. They are responsible for the clinical safety of mother and baby during labor and birth. While they are often very in tune with a woman’s emotional needs, that is not their primary role. Midwives and doulas are an excellent complement to one another in any birth setting, but especially in an out-of-hospital birth setting. Here is an excellent article to learn more: Why Hire A Doula When You Have A Midwife.
If you are planning a hospital birth, check out the graphic below highlighting the evidence-based benefits of doula support. Currently we are offering virtual doula care for hospital birth. This unique service includes birth planning, advocacy and coaching in advanced labor support techniques, in addition to continuous virtual support by phone or tablet during labor and birth.
Learn more about the science behind doulas at We The Parents.
How Can a Lactation Consultant Help You?
⬥ Getting breastfeeding off to a good start
⬥ Helping you build a healthy milk supply
⬥ Working through breastfeeding problems
⬥ Advanced breastfeeding support techniques, including Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation and muscle testing for individualized galactagogues (herbs for increasing milk)
⬥ Tongue/lip tie assessment and post release suck training
⬥ Returning to work
⬥ Maternal mental health support
⬥ Referral to appropriate resources
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