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- n. an assistant (often the father of the soon-to-be-born child) who provides support for a woman in labor by encouraging her to use techniques learned in childbirth-preparation classes
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• monitrice: a French word originally used by Fernand Lamaze to refer to a specially trained nurse or midwife who provides nursing care and assessment in addition to labor support.
Dr. Lamaze was influenced by Soviet childbirth practices, which involved breathing and relaxation techniques under the supervision of a "monitrice" or midwife.
On va réviser», lance Nathalie Veilleux, monitrice.
Today, monitrice is often used as a synonym for birth assistant or labor assistant.
A randomized trial of the effect of monitrice support during labor: mothers views two to four weeks postpartum.