Each of our destinations provides a unique pre-midwifery experience: In Iringa Regional Hospital in Tanzania, students can observe between 10 and 15 births a day on average. Generally these are complex cases as women don’t come in to hospital for a straig
- Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of
- Program Type:
- Volunteer Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Work Types:
- 3-4 weeks, 1-3 months
- Program Description:
- Our pre-midwifery placements are a great chance to gain experience of working alongside midwives and other health professionals in a real life hospital environment. Students have the opportunity observe births and C-sections at close range.
Each of our destinations provides a unique pre-midwifery experience: In Iringa Regional Hospital in Tanzania, students can observe between 10 and 15 births a day on average. Generally these are complex cases as women don’t come in to hospital for a straightforward birth. Thirty per cent of these deliveries are by C-section, which makes for a varied placement! In Arusha in Tanzania, there is an entire branch of the hospital dedicated to maternity. This branch serves the whole island, so it is always busy and there are high numbers of births to observe everyday! Students in Tanzania generally split their time between observing births (both natural and surgical) and antenatal care in obstetrics and gynecology and caring for newborn babies in the neonatal unit. Czech Republic has very modern facilities including a state of the art 4D ultrasound, so it is a great place to observe antenatal procedures, as well as labour itself.
Your Midwifery Experience starts here: You will be assigned a mentor within the department you are working in. They will guide you through your time in the hospital, explaining each case to you step by step, and answering any questions that you have. Our programmes are suitable for many students; those in year 12/13 hoping to apply to study midwifery at university, gap year students and those looking to apply to postgraduate midwifery programmes. This experience can really help your UCAS application to stand out from the crowd, and it is a great talking point at interview. It is also a good way of working out if a career in midwifery is really for you. Our pre-midwifery programmes run every week throughout the year, so you can decide when you want to go. The most popular length of time to join one of our programmes is two weeks, but anything between one and four weeks (or more) is fine!
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