Barbara Montani is a third year student midwife at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. She was born in Scotland and grew up in Italy. Before returning to Scotland to start her midwifery journey she worked as a freelance translator and interpreter and taught English as a foreign language.
During her time as a student midwife she has developed a passion for remote and rural midwifery, vaginal breech birth and homebirth. She is a member of the Council of Deans of Health “150 Leaders” Student Leadership Programme, having been selected to take part in the programme in the 2020 cohort. For this programme she has developed a project to help paramedics and other healthcare professionals facilitate normal birth in an unplanned homebirth scenario, in an ambulance or in other unexpected settings.
She is the 2020/2021 president of Robert Gordon University’s Midwifery Society and a member of the UNICEF steering group within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice which has worked towards achieving reaccreditation as Baby Friendly in 2021 and preparing the midwifery course towards achieving the UNICEF Gold award. She is also a member of Relaxation Revolution, a social enterprise which aims to offer as many women and birthing people as possible access to relaxation classes and techniques for pregnancy and birth.