Graduate Certificate of Midwifery Flinders University 2012
Master of Midwifery Griffith University 2002
Bachelor of Nursing Griffith University 1998-2001
I have over 12 years midwifery experience providing care for women and families throughout their journeys in the hospital and community setting, with the last 4 years within a continuity of care model. I am experienced in providing care for women planning and normal birth, including water birth, as well as caring for women with specific needs. I have a particular interest in vaginal birth after caesarean and previous birth trauma.
I believe that Pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting are normal, challenging, worthwhile life changing events. Women can do anything if they are positive, determined and supported. Midwifery is mutually satisfying for the woman and the midwife if the relationship is nurtured through continuity of care, and this relationship works best if the midwife and the woman work together in an equal partnership. Every woman is entitled to have equal access to safe, woman centred care with the carer of their choice. Midwifery care encompasses the woman, her baby and her entire social support network.
My supportive and loving family including my husband and 2 boys are my life outside of Midwifery. We spend our spare time together travelling, bushwalking and boating. I also make time to enjoy having a good coffee with friends.
Melinda Van Ligten
Certificate of General Nursing Royal Brisbane Hospital 1990-1993
Certificate of Midwifery Royal Women’s Hospital Brisbane 1994-1995
Bachelor of Midwifery Griffith University 2011-2014
Since becoming a midwife, I have provided care to women throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond both in hospital and community settings. I am a strong advocate of continuity of midwifery care for all women, regardless of their circumstances or situation in life. I believe all women are entitled to this gold standard model of care through their pregnancy, birthing and early parenting experience. I practice at an advanced level, with experience across all settings, including pregnancy care and testing, prescribing of medications, normal birthing including water birth, breastfeeding and baby care, as well as caring for clients with more complex needs. I have cared for clients with complex needs such as diabetes and previous caesarean sections, supporting them to achieve optimal outcomes and satisfaction.
Since first becoming a midwife I have held a strong belief in the capacity of women to birth normally and naturally when they are well supported with care from a known midwife. I feel extremely fortunate to have been supported by a known midwife throughout my own two pregnancies and births, and to have experienced this gold standard of maternity care. I value continuity of midwifery care within my own practice; developing relationships and rapport with the women and families I work with is of great importance to me. I believe that this model of care not only empowers women to birth beautifully and confidently, but that this confidence carries them through early parenting and beyond, potentially affecting the quality of their entire lives, as well as their family’s lives.
My own family is most important to me. My husband is very supportive of my midwifery lifestyle, and is an extremely involved daddy to our two girls. I love travel and relaxing time with friends.
Certificate of General Nursing, Princess Alexandra Hospital 1987 – 1990
Certificate of Midwifery, Royal Womens Hospital Brisbane 1991 – 1992
I have worked as a midwife for 24 years. During that time, I have provided care and support to women and their families throughout their pregnancy, birth and the exciting transition into becoming parents. This has taken place within a hospital setting and within a community setting. I value working within a continuity of care model and providing women access to woman centred care. I have experience in providing care in pregnancy, and testing, prescribing medication, normal birth, breastfeeding and baby care. I have also provided care and support for women with specific needs such as Gestational Diabetes and previous caesarean section births.
My role as a midwife has many layers. I believe the impact of continuity of care to the woman and her family is felt long after the relationship with the midwife has come to an end. In my experience, that relationship is treasured by the woman throughout her life. I am passionate about women being supported to make informed choices and decisions for themselves, their baby and their family as a whole. When this occurs, positive outcomes follow. I strive to ensure that the experience of pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent is a positive one that leaves a woman feeling empowered and confident with herself. I particularly enjoy providing care and support to young parents.
I have three children that keep me busy with the various sports that they play. I love nothing more than sitting on the sideline and cheering them along (probably much to their embarrassment as I am usually the loudest). I enjoy cooking, reading and going to the movies. I love to relax by going to the beach when I can and enjoying the great outdoors.
Diploma of Health Science (Nursing) University of Western Sydney 1990-1992
Diploma of Midwifery Australian Catholic University 2002-2004
I have worked as a Midwife for 12 years.
My experience range from working in remote aboriginal communities, refugee families, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to the hospital settings.
I am passionate about supporting women and their families throughout their pregnancy, their birthing experience and their transition to parenthood. I am a good listener and bring humour in the partnership. I endeavour providing current information to help women make an informed choice on the journey to parenthood. I always feel very honoured when I am part of the woman’s partnership.
From a bilingual background I have always had an interest of other cultures which lead me to many amazing travel adventures. I threw in my gypsy shoes ( for the time being) to raise 4 spirited children and be the company to my lifelong soul mate, my hubby.
I enjoy watching sport, weight training and keeping active. I love watching my children play or compete in their sport.
As a family we love road trips, camping or just hanging out.
Prescribing for Midwives Griffith University 2016
Certificate in Midwifery Ipswich Hosptial 1996
Certificate in General Nursing Princess Alexandra Hospital 1993
I have been working as a midwife over 20 years. Being a midwife is being “with woman”. I consider this to be a great privilege to be invited into a woman’s life to care for her antenatally, in birthing and postnatally. I believe every woman has the right to the very best of care regardless of their nationality, background or religion. I have worked in the hospital and community settings and also in the private practice for the past 3 years. I can offer women and their families individualised care including pregnancy care from conception through to Birthing and postnatal care including breastfeeding and early parenting support, this may include prescribing medication and test required.
I feel that a continuity model of care offers women such a special one on one bond with their chosen midwife and that every women and midwife should be given the choice to work within this model. I believe that developing strong relationships with women is empowering to them also. I strongly believe that when women are better supported the outcomes for pregnancy, birth and early parenting are always going to be better for them. All women flourish when we are supported, both as the client and midwife. I love being a part of a family and watching women become strong mums as they grow in their pregnancy and parenting journey. I feel passionate about supporting new families, and I have a special interest in perinatal mental health and wellbeing.
I have a wonderfully supportive family including my husband and 3 awesome (most days anyway) teenage children. We love doing outdoor activities together as a family and especially enjoy camping and bike riding. I also enjoy my weekends with going to church on Sundays.