Monique Viandante

Monique started her nursing career in 1998 working as a graduate nurse at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Working her way up the professional ladder within nursing, her desire to be a midwife grew. In 2008 she completed a postgraduate certificate in Midwifery at Curtin University. Monique’s experience within nursing and midwifery spans from Port Hedland to Busselton with a few stops in between. She has had extensive exposure across all spectrums of the pregnancy journey, and has completed a level 2 nursery course at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Monique has completed a Certificate 4 in Training and Development and has a passion for educating and mentoring junior midwives.

What led you to a career in midwifery?

I don’t remember wanting to be anything else. As a child when my friends were playing teachers, I was always the midwife in the class. At the age of 16 I was privileged to be a support person for my Aunt and her husband for the birth of their third child. This experience reinforced that this was my vocation, and I could never see myself doing anything else. 

What is your birth philosophy?

Women are made to birth their babies. Unfortunately, the modern world has planted seeds of doubt around the woman’s body, her ability to grow and then birth her child. On the flip side, with the modern world comes advances in medicine, it’s because of these advances that we have low rates of mortality and morbidity around pregnancy, labour, birth, and neonates in first world countries. As a midwife I act as the middleman for a woman, her partner and modern medicine. My role is to educate and empower, to give women the knowledge to make informed decisions, to provide faith and belief around her body and finally to question appropriately.  I want the women to walk away from their birth feeling like she was in control, making her own decisions whilst being guided by health professionals where appropriate. 

What is the most rewarding part of being a midwife?

The look of absolute awe and love parents have in their eyes when they meet their baby for the first time, to be involved in that special moment is a privilege.  I also love reflecting with the woman following the birth, discussing the pride she has in herself around her birth. 

What attracted you to be part of Western Obstetrics?

Prior to applying for the lead nurse position I researched Western Obstetrics and realised that the mission and values the organisation have aligns closely with my values around maternity care. The pregnancy journey starts well before most obstetric clinics will see a pregnant woman and doesn’t end because the baby is born. The continuity of care Western Obstetrics offers along with offering a bulk billing service makes me proud to be a part of the team. Good maternity care should not be limited to your financial situation and Western Obstetrics is offering their amazing service to all.