#iumienwomenmoversandshakers: MouangKouei Saechao

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

Now that I have become a mother and my career is in obstetrics and women’s health, I honestly think the most significant Barrier is motherhood and family building. Let me just throw this out there before I get in trouble, haha. This is just the way the universe was created so men are not to blame. The fact is only Women can bare children so there is a tremendous amount of pressure and desire (for me it was the later) to start a family in the 20’s and 30’s. Any later and your diagnosed with “Advance Maternal Age.” This really hinders a woman’s capabilities to succeed in leadership roles. Creating life, birthing, breastfeeding and then raising a person require a tremendous amount of time, raging hormones and energy. I lucked out with very involved grandparents and an amazing husband. Times are changing, more men are staying home and women are succeeding in leadership roles. However it all comes with a deep emotional sacrifice which I don’t think men have to experience and forgo.

What is one event that helped shape your life? One event was definitely the 2007 Miss Iu Mien Pageant and all the following community events. As a 19 year old at the time, they asked real deep questions about who I wanted to be and how I would serve. This required me to really dig deep and figure out the person I wanted to be and in hopes inspire other young women! Ultimately, Beauty is nothing without Heart and Brains.

What’s one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make and how did it impact your life? My quote through out life has always been “always prepare for the worse and you will never be stuck S**T out of luck.” I always have a plan A, B & C. So I think this is why I have never had to be stuck in between a rock and a hard spot because I always have a back up plan. Don’t get me wrong my life is not perfect I have had to make many tough decisions but I feel that because I was prepared they weren’t very life altering, “tough”. In my line of work as a Labor and Delivery RN, I am often forced to make tough decisions and support mothers that have to. Our lives are impacted by every decision we make.

What is an accomplishment you are proud of?

Receiving my Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing and pursuing my goal of becoming an Obstetrics Nurse. I do eventually want to move onto education and teach women’s health/public health. Also participate and give more to the mien community but right now my priority are with my young babes at home.

If there was a young girl out there who wanted to do what you did, what would you tell her? I would tell her, “Great Choice! Helping mothers give birth is truly a miraculous event to witness everyday at work!” Or even if you choose not to go into Obstetrics, the beauty of Nursing is that it’s a very dynamic career with so many options that encompasses compassion, teaching and science! I would give her my contact info and encourage her to contact me if she has any questions every step of the way. It will be hard work but if you really want it, then put your whole heart into it and you will get there!

How can people get a hold of you? i.e., social media, phone number

Facebook and Instagram would be the easiest! MouangKouei Saechao.

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