Significant numbers of hospitals in developing countries struggle due to low staffing levels and high patient loads. As such so students on midwifery placements find themselves involved with treatment and patient care very quickly. Under resourced wards can also mean a return to the basics of midwifery training, diagnosing and treating conditions without familiar levels of equipment.
There is also a great opportunity during our electives to see cases that are seldom, if ever, found in the UK. Whether you are interested in tropical diseases such as malaria or tuberculosis in pregnancy, or wish to focus on specific areas like the prevention of HIV between mother and child, this is a great chance to expand your midwifery knowledge.
Unfortunately cost, distance and a lack of education in resource-poor countries means patients regularly present with diseases such as gynaecological cancers that have advanced to a critical stage, or have complications such as pre-eclampsia in labour that would have been identified at home during antenatal care. The chance to witness and treat these conditions will undoubtedly teach you new skills and enhance your understanding of midwifery.
We individually tailor each student's placement and the Operations Manager that will be assign to organise your placement wil have a huge range of contacts in maternity departments at every level, so we can offer you a wide range of options in your chosen destination.
If you don't know which setting best suits you, don't worry - about two or three months before you leave, the Operations Manager will discuss your options with you and help you identify the most suitable midwifery placement. For some this is to work in a large government hospital with lots of births and many complex cases, for others it is to spend time in a family planning clinic or focussing on communicable disease transmission and prevention.Frequently asked questions
LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?
Still confused about where you should go and where you can use your skills best? We've put together a list of four recent midwifery electives so that you can start picturing life as a midwife in a developing country.
Are you inspired to work in a small clinic in Ghana, spending your weekends at the beach, or do you prefer the idea of neonatal intensive care and the chance to learn Spanish and tango dancing in Argentina?
This list is not exhaustive, so please do get in touch if you have something else in mind.DOWNLOAD MIDWIFERY SPECIALITY SHEET
My experience was eye opening, enlightening and empowering. I changed in myself and I couldn't be more thankful for the experience of a lifetime.
Kirstie Newbrook, University of Brighton 2013Read More
One of my most unique experiences was watching a twin delivery and vaginal breech delivery which I had not seen in any of my placements in the UK before.
Chelsea Thomas, Cardiff University 2013Read More
Having been working as a qualified midwife for almost 4 years, I decided that it was time for a new challenge! After a couple of days of researching, I was all booked to spend a month in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania!
Jenna Walker, Professional placement 2013Read More