In its infancy, Monarch was born out of a randomized controlled trial of an innovative postpartum care model. This study, called the BEST ABC study, was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, and affiliated with CHEO, the University of Ottawa, and The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Education and research remain part of the fabric of Monarch. We are a post-graduation training site for the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. All of our physicians are staff members at The Ottawa Hospital, and faculty at the University of Ottawa Medical School.