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MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE PLACEMENTS

PMGY offers afforable midwifery elective placements around the world. Join an elective in a challenging and rewarding midwifery setting. Specialise in an area of interest whether it be labour wards, pre or postnatal care or OBG. Choose from GhanaSri Lanka & Tanzania.

Develop understanding on how a lack of funding impacts the quality of care provided in a developing country. Experience traditional beliefs and different cultural attitudes that exist around childbirth. Observe limited prenatal care on your work experience as a midwifery student.

Customise your international midwifery placement however you wish as you undertake clinical based placements. Experience first-hand the challenges of midwifery in the developing world. For example, a lack of privacy for labouring women, episiotomies actioned as a first resort and an absence of pain relief provisions.

FIRST-HAND INSIGHT INTO GLOBAL MIDWIFERY PRACTISES OVERSEAS

 

WITNESS MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF MIDWIFERY

 

OBSERVE DIFFERENT CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS CARE

 

SHADOW QUALIFIED MIDWIVES IN A RANGE OF MATERNITY UNITS

 

CUSTOMISE TO GET THE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

 

IMPROVE YOUR RESUME AND ENHANCE YOUR FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

GHANA MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE

Observe qualified midwives during patient consultations on the maternity ward and understand the different conditions pregnant women in Ghana face. Witness childbirth in the delivery room and assess the contrasts in care. Be prepared for a lack of maternity support during labour and limited prenatal care beforehand. Your mission in Ghana will be an eye-opening experience!

FROM 320 GBP

2-24 WEEKS

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SRI LANKA MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE

Learn Sri Lanka's midwifery practises as you rotate through maternity units in government and private hospitals. Observe midwives and other medical staff in their daily tasks in theatre, labour, and postnatal wards. Gain exposure to the different aspects of care for new mothers and babies. Learn about Ayurveda medicine, one of the world’s oldest holistic treatment systems.

FROM 200 GBP

1-12 WEEKS

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TANZANIA MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE

Shadow midwives in the maternity ward of a government hospital in Tanzania. Provide support to expectant mothers and pay attention to the advice doctors give them during the labour period. Observe births and c-sections as you witness first-hand the role of a midwife in the birthing process. Provide postnatal care as you talk to mothers about family planning and birth control.

FROM 360 GBP

2-24 WEEKS

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ELECTIVE UNIVERSITY PARTNERS INCLUDE

PMGY Medical Volunteer abroad on a University student elective on the PMGY Gap Year Volunteer Abroad Programs

WHY COMPLETE A MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE ABROAD?

As a midwifery elective student abroad, you will gain an insight into global midwifery practises in the developing world. Midwifery students will learn first-hand about the roles of midwives in high patient arrivals and under-resourced healthcare systems. You will witness major differences in the fundamentals of midwifery. Customise your placement with the help of local staff to get the clinical experience that is right for you. Completing an international midwifery elective is sure to be a great boost to your resume and future prospects. Develop a deeper understanding of global health, whilst also enjoying an unforgettable adventure.

WHAT DO OUR MIDWIFERY ELECTIVES OFFER?

PMGY offers midwifery elective placements in a range of destinations. Midwifery students will undertake a clinical placement in under-resourced hospitals. Your eyes will be opened to the unfamiliar practices that midwives in the developing world are accustomed to. Witness different cultural attitudes towards care and how religious beliefs can also influence practise. Choose the departments you wish to rotate through as you shadow qualified midwives on their day-to-day tasks.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PMGY MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE?

Experience Building – Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set as you gain unique insight into your professional field.

 

Soft Skills – Become more confident and resourceful in an environment outside of your comfort zone.

 

Work Experience – Immerse yourself in a unique and adventurous work experience.

 

Increase Your Network – Build a global professional network on your overseas elective.

 

Improve Future Prospects – An overseas placement will provide a great boost to your resume and future job opportunities.

 

Travel – Structured travel opportunities provided in your free time.

 

Most Affordable – PMGY ensure that we provide a fully structured, tailored, affordable and inclusive elective experience.

 

Gain Perspective – Experiencing a healthcare system in a developing country will give you new perspective and appreciation on healthcare provisions in your home country.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS AND INCLUSIONS OF A PMGY MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE?

We pride ourselves on providing the most affordable and best value for money midwifery elective experiences overseas.

 

Included in the fees – Airport pickup, 3 meals a day, all accommodation, transport to/from project, in-country orientation, volunteer placements, medical donations, 24/7 International & Local based support, dedicated PMGY travel mentor, volunteer handbook, live pre-departure webinars, financial protection, regular program inspection, support with university paperwork and an International Certificate of Completion.

HOW LONG IS A MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE WITH PMGY?

The length of your international midwifery experience is entirely up to you! Our minimum time requirement is 2 weeks but we have options for up to 6 months. Midwifery students typically join us on a midwifery elective overseas for 4 weeks.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY ON A MIDWIFERY ELECTIVE OVERSEAS?

Your workday will usually start around 9am and finish at 2pm, Monday to Friday. There is always the option to extend your afternoons at the hospital. You will have lunch usually at around midday at the placement or on return from the hospital at the Volunteer House. The exact schedule will be discussed during your orientation.

 

You’ll spend the day observing qualified midwives and doctors as they consult with patients in different maternity units. This will give you the chance to see the different conditions that pregnant women in the developing world face.

 

Work with the expectant mothers as you help midwives prepare them for labour and delivery. Compare and contrast the equipment midwives use and the measures they take to assess patients. Sit in on consultations and learn about complications that can occur for each patient. You may even be able to witness a birth in the delivery room.

 

Spend your afternoons shadowing the midwives as they assess newborn babies. Learn about the steps they take to make sure the babies are healthy. Listen in to the conversations they have with new mothers around postnatal care.

WHAT TYPE OF MIDWIFERY PLACEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

You’ll shadow local staff in a range of maternity units in a hospital setting. Examples include obstetrics, gynaecology, prenatal, neonatal, postnatal, theatre, intensive care and labour. This is an exciting opportunity to gain insight into all aspects of maternity and midwifery.

HOW HANDS-ON WILL MY MIDWIFERY PLACEMENT BE?

Your level of involvement on an international midwifery elective placement is dictated by a range of factors. First of all your medical experience, but also the duration of your elective and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision. Ultimately, it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures.

 

Previous midwifery students have been given the chance to undertake some basic hands-on involvement at the project. This includes completing basic consultations and health checks on patients in the maternity ward under the supervision of local staff. However, to reiterate we can never guarantee or endorse hands-on experience should you choose to get hands-on. Such a decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.

CAN PMGY SUPPORT WITH MY ELECTIVE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTATION?

PMGY can complete paperwork for midwifery electives overseas once your place has been confirmed on the program. Additionally, project staff in-country can also sign-off any paperwork that is required by your course tutors. However, while our team will do their best to complete any paperwork, we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement of your university/college. PMGY regularly receives midwifery students on our projects globally, with ties to some leading universities and colleges.

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