Giving birth is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and important times in your life. Childbirth is a normal, natural process and you deserve to be educated in the many choices that surround labour, birth and early parenthood.
Hello, my name is Monique Bandet, I am a DONA trained and certified Birth Doula and very blessed mom to 6 wonderful children between the ages of 7-27. I am also a Step-mom to 5, Foster Parent to 54 and step-grandparent to 8 soon to be 9. I come from a very large family, starting at the age of 9, I began babysitting my 2 younger brothers, cousins and neighbourhood children. During my teen years I volunteered at Glendale & Glenwarren Lodges, the Queen Alexandra Foundation and various charitable organizations.
In 1989 I had my first child, after my daughters first birthday I opened a Licensed Childcare Centre which I operated for over 16 years. Shortly before moving to the Westshore I had my second daughter. While living in the Westshore, I joined the Mom's and Mentor's Program, supporting young mother's through pregnancy and birth. This experience was both heart warming and inspiring. In 1996, I had my third daughter and continued operating my Childcare Centre. I eventually took the Foster Parenting and Caring for Infants with FASDE Course, enabling me to care for babies and children born addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
Just before completing my course, daughter number four joined our growing family, I still continued to operate my Center while caring for my children and foster children. Eventually in 2005 I retired from Childcare and had my 5th child, my first boy. In 2009 I had my 6th baby, another girl and in late 2010 I retired from Fostering.
Near the end of 2010 I went back to College, my education led me to a management position at a local Medical Clinic. It was during my work in the clinic and speaking to members of the community that I saw a large need for extended pregnancy and postnatal support. That is when a close friend encouraged me to go back to doing something I love and become a Full-time Doula, which I am extremely happy about. To me, supporting other mothers during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum time is truly a Labour of Love.
The experiences I have had through out the years has humbled me, I continue to feel a need to care for others, I pour my heart and soul into those that need it the most. That is why I follow my heart and choose to be a Doula and teach Childbirth Education Classes.
So why do I do this?
As I mentioned above, I do it for the same reason as most other doulas – I love it. I am passionate about birth & caring for new moms and families. It is my calling. I am present for women and their partners in an experience, a transition that is innately intimate and profound. I witness the transition of normal women into primal birth goddesses, I see the strong loving bond with their partner, and the moment of birth that is a blessing and transformation. It is an honour to be trusted and to share in this sacred experience. It is a joy to offer support to the new mother and her new family. Because, even if it isn’t the first child, it is still a new family once you add a new precious baby.
Training and Experience
To every birth I attend, I bring my experience and training. Every birth grants me new knowledge and teaches me new lessons. I keep up-to-date on the latest research, birth practices, government policies, and WHO & AAP recommendations. I continue to learn new tips, tricks, and skills through shared personal experience and through the community of doulas and childbirth professionals I work with.
My philosophy is “Helping mothers see their inner birth strength and guiding families along their parenting journey!”
I am trained to provide emotional, physical and educational support for mother's during all parts of birth. My goal is to help you achieve a positive birth experience, whether that is birthing at home in a pool or having a scheduled cesarean, I am there to support you and the choices you make along the way.
I am fully trained by and a member of DONA (Doulas of North America), I have made the commitment to follow strict guidelines. I want you to feel at ease knowing I am there to support and encourage you in all of your decisions.
I am both a Birth Doula and a Postpartum Doula, because I perform both roles you will not have to hire a second Doula after baby is born. I have many years of experience with Breastfeeding and issues that can arise. I am a Hypnobirthing advocate and believe woman have a predisposition to have a natural childbirth. I offer semi-private group childbirth education classes and one on one. My days and times are flexible and I always welcome any questions you may have by calling, text or email.
TRAINING, WORKSHOPS & COURSES:
Childbirth In The Age of Artificial Light - Doctor Michel Odent - (May 29, 2018)
TENS Unit Training for Doulas - Carrie Kenner - DONA International - (March 28, 2018)
Hypnosis for Natural Easy Childbirth - Alan Kirwan - (March 26, 2018)
Panchakarma - Arjun Das Ayurvedic Practitioner - (March 22, 2018)
Herbal Medicine - Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FN/MH, RH(ANG) - (March 22, 2018)
Contemporary Herbal Medicine - 7Song - Director - (March 20, 2018)
Adaptogens, Herbs For Strength, Stamina & Stress Relief - Herbal Therapeutic - Dr. Pinocean - (March 19, 2018)
Herbs to Rebalance Hormones - Magdalena Wszelaki - (Jan 24, 2018)
Spinning Babies - Tammy Ryan AdvCD, BOT(DONA), SpBT - (Nov 13, 2017)
Lactation Educator Training - CAPPA - Attie Sandink, RN, IBCLC, Birth Doula - (Oct 19 - 21, 2017)
Oral Vitamin K Regimens - Evidence Based Birth - Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN - (May 19, 2017)
Eye Ointment For Newborns - Evidence Based Birth - Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN - (May 17, 2017)
Evidence for the Vitamin K Shot in Newborns - Evidence Based Birth - Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN - (May 15, 2017)
Placenta & Postpartum - IPPA - Amanda Johnson - (May 13, 2017)
The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person - GOLD Learning - Fleur Bickford, RN IBCLC - (Jan 12-17, 2017)
Advanced Breastfeeding Case Reports - Gold Perinatal - Kay Hoover MEd, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA - (Jan 17, 2017)
Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding - Gold Perinatal - Barbara Wilson, IBCLC - (Jan 17, 2017)
First Touch, First Food, First Hour - Gold Perinatal - Dr. Jane A. Morton - (Jan 17, 2017)
3 Profound Practices For A Graceful Transition After Birth - BearMama Medicine - (Jan 10, 2017)
The 5 Elements of a Blissful Postpartum - Bear Mama Medicine - (Dec 1, 2016)
Birth Trauma - Bebo Mia - Olivia Scobie, APP, CPCC - (Nov 30, 2016)
Fourth Trimester Summit - Settling & Calming a Crying and Fussy Baby - Ellynne Skove - (Nov 15, 2016)
Fourth Trimester Summit - Repairing Maternal/Infant Bonding Disruptions - Dr. Tony Madrid - (Nov 14, 2016)
Fourth Trimester Summit - Birth Story Healing -Psychologist Maureen Campion - (Nov 12, 2016)
Fourth Trimester Summit - A Doctor's Perspective on the Fourth Trimester - Dr. Eva Zasloff - (Nov 11, 2016)
Fourth Trimester Summit - Baby's Mental Leaps in the First 12 Weeks - Dr. Frans X. Plooij - (Nov 10, 2016)
CPR/AED Level C Neonatal Resuscitation - Jill Colpitts - (Oct 29, 2016)
Evidence Based Care, What it is, What it isn't, Helping Families find it. - Evidence Based Birth - (Oct 28, 2016)
Breastfeeding Instinct or Skill - Gold Perinatal - (Oct 27, 2016)
Elective Induction Masterclass - Evidence Based Birth - (Oct 26,2016)
Child Birth Educators Skills Training - Douglas College - (Oct 13, 14, 15, 2016)
Yoga for Birth, Workshop for Childbirth Educators and Doulas - Mothering Touch (2016)
The Significance of Childbirth to the Birthing Person - Gold Conferences International - (Aug 16, 2016)
Tongue Ties - Elizabeth Watts - (Feb, 2016)
Water Birth - Barbara Harper - Better Birth World Summit - (Feb 23, 2016)
Orgasmic Birth - Debra Pascali-Conaro - Better Birth World Summit - (Feb 22, 2016)
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens - BBP (2016)
Fear, Risk and Childbirth: Symposium - How to reduce the number of C-Sections in BC - UVIC (2016)
Promoting a Better Birth Experience with Acupressure Comfort Measures - UDEMY (2015)
Effective Childbirth Education - UDEMY (2015)
Emergency Child Care First Aid CPR/AED Level B - Alert First Aid (2015)
Friedman's Curve & Failure to Progress - UDEMY (2015)
Homeopathy in Childbirth - UDEMY (2015)
Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas - Mothering Touch (2015)
Breastfeeding Workshop for Doulas - Mothering Touch (2015)
DONA Birth Doula Training - Mothering Touch (2015)
Sleep Solutions - UDEMY - Alicia Simpson MS, RD, IBCLC, LD (Feb 21, 2014)
Infant CPR & First Aid - Alert First Aid (2012)
Standard First Aid & CPR - Red Cross (2009)
Effective Communications - CCRR (2006)
First Aid & CPR - Red Cross (2006)
Sexual Abuse Counselor Education - Capital Health (2004)
Standard First Aid & CPR - Red Cross (2003)
ECE - Pacific College (2002)
Standard First Aid - Red Cross (2001)
FAS/FASDE Safe Babies Certified Caregiver - Ministry of Children & Families (2001)
Cleaners & Sanitizers - Capital Health (2001)
Creating a Positive Environment - CCRR (2001)
Good Beginnings - Capital Health (2000)
Standard First Aid & CPR - Red Cross (1999)
Foster Parent Training - Ministry of Children & Families (1999)
Childhood Nutrition - CCRR (1999)
Moms & Mentors Training - GP (1998)
Standard First Aid & CPR - Red Cross (1996)
Business Administration & Marketing - Logical Management Solutions (1992)
Work & Volunteer Experience:
Birth & Postpartum Doula - 1995 - Current
Sleep Coach - 1995 - Current
Manager Primacy Medical Clinic Langford - 2012 - 2013
OLOR Westshore Drop In Playgroup - 2005 - 2007
Moms & Mentors - Doula - 1996 - 2004
Victoria General Hospital - Pediatrics & Emergency Department - 1995 - 2002
La Leche League Member - 1990 - Current
Victoria Native Friendship Centre - 1991 - 1992
Little Miracles Licensed Childcare Centre - 1989 - 2005
Glendale Lodge Hospital - Sports Program & Patient Care - 1984 - 1987
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children - Infant and Toddler Care - 1984 - 1986
Royal Jubilee Hospital - Emergency Department - 1983 - 1985
Glenwarren Hospital - Patient Care - 1983 - 1988
My job as your Doula, is to help you have a normal birth the way you want to. Doulas do not support in a medical role, as that is the job of your Midwife or Family Doctor. Should a birth become complicated and require medical assistance, I will still remain by your side and help you and your partner in any way I can.
I will assist you through any decision making and provide you with balanced information so that you have the knowledge and confidence to make your own choices.
Thank you for considering me as your Doula. If I am given the honour of assisting you, I will be happily part of YOUR birthing team. I will gently encourage you every step of the way, on your sacred journey into motherhood. I work for you, your partners and your baby's best interest at heart.
To see my availability please visit Doula Match and click on the Birth Availability link near the top to see my calendar.
If you have any questions or would like a free meet and greet consultation please contact me anytime by email, text or call: (250) 588 7074.