Caterina Montagnoli

Young Nurse and Midwife Leader

Caterina Montagnoli

(ITA) Italy:  Midwife

Nominee Highlights:

Caterina Montagnoli is a young midwife leader from Italy (working in Switzerland) who focuses on reproductive health among migrants. She balances her clinical work with research and is a midwife educator in her field.

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Caterina Montagnoli is a young midwife leader from Italy. In 2014, she graduated with distinction in Midwifery from the University of Verona, conducting a thesis in collaboration with the Italian National Health System. Montagnoli has developed a keen interest in applied midwifery, an interest that pushed her to volunteer for six months as a Midwife in Encarnación, Paraguay. While volunteering, she worked in both a healthcare centre and a local public hospital, along with campaigning for breastfeeding in poor and rural areas in the country.

“I strongly believe that good clinical practice goes along with good research.”

After moving to Switzerland, she conducted an International Centre for Migration Health and Development (ICMHD) study on Reproductive Health access amongst migrants in the Geneva area. After completing her internship, Montagnoli moved to Munich to work as a professional Midwife at the University Hospital Klinikum Großhadern. Recently, she has worked as a research scholar at the University Hospital of Verona for a project in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Health. In 2018, she co-founded the Global Health Young Professional Initiative and she now works as a research and teaching assistant in the Midwifery degree programme of the Geneva School of Health Sciences, University of Applied sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland. Montagnoli completed her Master’s degree in Global Health, specializing in anthropology, reproductive health and migration.