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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.

    The Official Lamaze® Guide

  • Dr. Lamaze was influenced by Soviet childbirth practices, which involved breathing and relaxation techniques under the supervision of a "monitrice" or midwife.

    dailycomic Diary Entry

  • On va réviser», lance Nathalie Veilleux, monitrice. | Blog | Le Hula-Hoop: plus qu'un jeu d'enfant

  • Today, monitrice is often used as a synonym for birth assistant or labor assistant.

    The Official Lamaze® Guide

  • A randomized trial of the effect of monitrice support during labor: mothers’ views two to four weeks postpartum.



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  • See also doula, midwife

    term commonly associated with Lamaze Technique Childbirth

    February 4, 2008