About Lois

VE5D0027 -001Lois Wattis is a Registered Nurse/Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives. Working in both hospital and community settings, Lois has enhanced her midwifery skills and expertise by providing women-centered care to hundreds of mothers and babies, including more than 50 women who chose to give birth at home.

Lois is eminently qualified to offer advice and support to new parents via her New Baby 101 App and eBook. Lois is the author of numerous articles and professional guidelines which have been published in parenting magazines and midwifery journals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. All advice provided on New Baby 101 is based on reliable evidence and research, and Lois’ common-sense approach will both inform and reassure parents as they gain new skills and confidence during the first few months of baby’s life.

Lois’ is passionate approach to birth and breastfeeding nurtures women’s inborn mothering instincts, supporting and enabling them to make informed choices from Birthjourney to Babymoon.

Lois has acquired broad experience as an independently practising midwife, mother and grandmother and works in a specialist Lactation Consultancy role at Nambour General Hospital as well as running her private practice “Babymoon Home Visits” on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Qualifications

I have attained a Bachelor of Nursing Degree (Edith Cowan University, Perth WA)and Post Graduate Diploma in Clinica Nursing, Midwifery (Curtin University, Perth WA) – gaining high distinctions in both courses.

I served as a volunteer St Johns Ambulance Officer for several years while studying nursing. My nursing experience includes surgical, medical and emergency nursing.

I gained my midwifery experience at King Edward Memorial Hospital – Perth, and Rockingham Kwinana District Hospital, and Peel Health Campus, WA.

I became accredited as Independent Practising Midwife by the Australian College of Midwives in 2002.
In 2004 I became accredited as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
At the International Congress of Midwives in Brisbane in 2005 I was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives (FACM) which was awarded in recognition of my services to women and midwifery in Australia.

History

After working initially in the hospital maternity system I was contracted by the Health Department of WA to work with the Community Midwifery Program based in Fremantle, WA. The Community Midwifery Program Midwives provide women with continuous primary care with the choice of home birth, or birth in hospital if necessary. After completing a 9 month transition program from hospital to homebirth midwifery, I practised as a Community Midwife in Western Australia for over four years. I provided primary midwifery care and conducted home births primarily in the Peel Region, but also caring for women in areas further south to Bunbury and east to Collie, Dwellingup and Beverley.

My practise in the Peel Region assisted the formation of the community Peel Pregnancy Resources & Midwifery Support Group (PR&MS). I also contributed to the development of the document “Implementing the National Maternity Action Plan in WA” (NMAP) which laid the foundation for the midwifery care reforms which parents and midwives across Australia now enjoy a decade later.

In 2005 I left WA to work as a Midwife at Selangor Private Hospital on the Sunshine Coast Qld. In 2007 I began working in a specialised Lactation Consultant role at Nambour General Hospital, and have also continued to provide private “Babymoon Home Visits” Lactation Consultant services to parents on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie.