WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS MIDWIFERY PLACEMENT WITH WORK THE WORLD?
An overseas midwifery placement is a clinical placement you undertake in an under-resourced but fast-paced hospital in the developing world.
You’ll see big differences between the overseas healthcare system and yours. You’ll also getting insight into practises you’ve never encountered before.
Midwifery placements abroad help you get experience in OBG, NICU, prenatal and postnatal care, labour wards…. Your clinical experience is completely customisable.
You’ll see complications in labour, often resulting from a lack of prenatal care. You’ll see how a lack of resources impacts midwifery abroad (many women give birth without pain-relief), and you’ll learn some amazing sociocultural beliefs surrounding childbirth.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A MIDWIFERY PLACEMENT ABROAD?
We design our international midwifery opportunities to help you get ahead of your fellow midwives in an increasingly competitive job market.
On one of our midwifery placements, you’ll:
- Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
- Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
- Build your personal and professional network
- Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication
- Become more attractive to employers
As a midwifery student or graduate, placements for you run in the hospital Monday to Friday. That means, you can spend evenings and weekends travelling across whichever breathtaking country you’ve chosen to visit.
WHO ARE WE?
We're Work the World — The experts in planning and building midwifery placements abroad. We’ve created placements for 16,000+ students from 400+ universities worldwide since 2005.
Our service is end-to-end, and it includes:
Placement customisation (choose your destination and departments) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation
Our midwifery programs run 365 days a year, and arrivals are every Sunday. The minimum placement duration is one week, and there’s no maximum.
Click here to find out more about how our service works.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
You can go on an midwifery placement abroad if:
- You’re undertaking a midwifery degree
- You’ve recently graduated with a midwifery degree
WHERE DO I START?
Speak to our team — they’re experts and are ready to answer any and all of your questions. They’ll help you choose a destination and secure your space too.
Get in touch using the short enquiry form.
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Plans can change, so once you’ve secured your space, you can make unlimited changes to your travel dates, absolutely free.
Indonesia - Yogyakarta
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More than half of all births in Indonesia are in rural areas. Many women in these areas believe that following religious beliefs and using a traditional birth attendant called a ‘dukun’ (the village shaman) or a ‘paraji’ leads to a healthy pregnancy. This limitation on modern prenatal care can lead to pregnancy complications like eclampsia, and some of the women experiencing them will come to your placement hospital in the city. You’ll be right there alongside local midwives, seeing these women through their personal, individual challenges.
Ghana - Takoradi
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The city of Takoradi lies close to golden beaches that stretch on for miles, local fishing villages, and decaying historical forts which are dotted along the coast.
Midwifery in Africa is very different to what you're used to seeing at home. On a midwifery placement here, you’ll discover that limited resources means prenatal care is almost non-existent, and the maximum length of stay in the unit is a mere 5 days. Add to that the array of cultural traditions that surround birth here, and you’ll find the opportunities for personal and professional growth are limitless. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi
Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy is a time-worn city surrounded by lush tropical forests, diverse wildlife, and golden beaches. With opportunities to go trekking, swim with dolphins, and discover ancient ruins, you’ll never be short of new things to try.
On your Midwifery Placement you’ll have the chance to rotate through the Antenatal, Postnatal and Premature Baby Units, encountering complicated birthing procedures, terminations, and miscarriages. Perceiving how patient numbers regularly exceed bed space will open your eyes to the impact a lack of resources has on local women and the staff who help them. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.
Mexico - Merida
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Merida is Mexico’s centre of sophistication. The city is home to beautiful colonial architecture, and broad boulevards punctuated with green plazas. At night, the city is alive with restaurants and bars spilling out into the streets. At weekends, dive in beautiful underwater caves known as ‘cenotes’, unwind on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temple ruins.
We’re partnered with a hospital in Merida that deals solely with infant paediatric cases and expectant mothers. At more than 150, the number of beds here is impressive, yet the wards remain uncommonly busy. This gives you the opportunity to get a breadth of experience across cases, both recognisable and unfamiliar. As patient numbers are high, you’ll to see how resourceful the techniques used by local specialists are when dealing with intrapartum complications, like breech births.
Nepal - Pokhara
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Tranquil Pokhara lays nestled at the feet of the Himalayan Mountain range, making it the perfect jumping-off point for adventurers. Think paragliding, mountain trekking, and temple touring.
On your Midwifery Placement you’ll assist in a busy Maternity Department, and Antenatal Clinics where as many as 600 women are seen a day. The department also has a Post-natal, Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia Unit in which you’ll likely encounter in both standard and complicated procedures. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.
Vietnam - Hue
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A vibrant focal point of Southeast Asian culture and backpacker favourite, with bustling markets, lively bars and delicious street food in abundance. Close to tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas, you’ll have every chance to indulge your adventurous side.
The institution we’re partnered with in Hue, Vietnam is the largest university teaching hospital in the region. You'll get amazing experience alongside local specialists in this low-resource clinical setting. Supervised by local midwives, you’ll spend time in the OBG department getting involved in and and all areas of maternal and infant paediatric care.
Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is Zambia’s thriving capital city. Visit game parks to see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah, and spot hippos wading through the beautiful Zambezi River while rowing along the shore in your canoe. Rich local cultures and traditions deeply ingrained in Zambian tribal culture are a highlight.
Our partner hospital could allow you to get involved in live births, daily. It’s also possible to gain insight into pre and postnatal care programs offered locally. Midwifery in Africa is very different to what you're used to at home and on placement in Lusaka, emergency labours like breech births will be part of your day to day, as will providing care for HIV positive mothers, mothers with malnutrition and a host of other complications.
Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is the ancient capital of Nepal, and is home to elaborate Buddhist temples, traditional markets, modern bars, and more. Beyond the city you’ll discover adventure activities like paragliding, whitewater rafting, and mountain climbing to name but a few.
Local midwives, keen to impart their knowledge of birthing traditions and common practices, will oversee your placement on a busy Maternity Ward, as well as in Post-operative and Post-natal Wards. The epidemic of HIV also presents a challenge for many breast-feeding infants in Nepal—an issue you’ll encounter on your Midwifery Placement. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is one of Tanzania’s largest cities. Despite developing into a more modern metropolis, it’s surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty. Go on big game safari, sample famous national dishes, or boat over to tropical Zanzibar for water sports and diving.
On a midwifery placement here you could encounter complicated surgical births. You'll spend time in a ward dedicated to mothers with HIV which will open your eyes to the realities of issues faced by professionals in the developing world, and how local specialists battle them with limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.
Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is a tropical paradise. Dive off the coast into emerald waters, join locals in one of their many festivals, or even watch whales off the coast.
On your midwifery placement you’ll gain experience alongside a dedicated delivery team and have the chance to rotate through areas like Reproductive Endocrinology, Cervical Pathology, and Gynaecologic Oncology. The high number of patients here often means women share beds, highlighting just one of the areas a lack of resources can impact your field. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.
"I had no idea that by spending two weeks in a Ghanaian hospital how much my confidence would grow in relation to midwifery, and me as a person too."
Amy New, Staffordshire University 2021Read more
"Each morning on the postnatal ward the midwives would collect all of the babies and take them into the washroom to bathe them, they would have easily washed 30-40 babies".
Rachel Jowett, La Trobe University 2020Read more
"I hope I can use what I learnt in Ghana to help me be a better midwife in New Zealand."
Rosie Naylor, Otago Polytechnic 2020Read more
"It was inspiring to see how hard the staff in Zambia worked to provide care."
Courtnie-Rae Toms, City University London 2020Read more
"I was amazed at how much the doctors, nurses and midwives could do with the limited resources."
Leticia Romero Barrios, Middlesex University 2020Read more
What do our midwifery placements offer?
A Work the World midwifery placement gives you the chance to undertake a clinical placement in the developing world. You will spend time in a low-resource hospital and see unfamiliar practices and advanced conditions. You can even choose the departments you want to rotate through. Learn more here.
What are the benefits of a Work the World midwifery placement?
The benefits of our midwifery placements include:
- Expanding your clinical knowledge and skill set
- Becoming more confident, independent and resourceful
- Making yourself more attractive to employers
- Doing some proper travelling
- Building your personal and professional network
- Sharpening your language and communication skills
- Renewing your perspective on care back home
How can I raise funds for my midwifery placement?
It’s easier than ever to get the funds together for your overseas midwifery placement. You can take advantage of government programs like OS-HELP, you can take the initiative by starting your own online fundraising page, and you can apply for a huge number of grants and bursaries to help you along the way. Learn how easy it is to raise as much as you need.
Can midwives travel?
Yes, midwives can travel. If you are studying towards a midwifery degree (or you’re a recent graduate), you’re eligible for an international midwifery placement with us. Get in touch today to explore your options.
How long is a Work the World midwifery placement?
A midwifery placement is as long as you want it to be. Our minimum placement duration is one week, but students typically travel on their midwifery placements for 4 weeks. There is no upper limit to how long you can travel for.