As a Monitrice, I help women who want to stay home during early and mid-labor, but who also want to have themselves and their babies monitored for complications. I listen to fetal heart tones, take a mom's blood pressure and temperature and am able to do vaginal exams if necessary. In short, I act as a Licensed Midwife, using my legal skills to help keep mom and baby safe before they head to the hospital.
When women are ready to go to the hospital, I go with them and become their Doula, a non-medical support person. As a Doula, I become your walking birth plan (and childbirth education!), but do not speak for you, but remind you of the discussions we had prenatally.
I also Doula for women who do not desire my Monitrice services, meeting the client at the hospital instead of in her home.