Volunteer Midwifery Projects in India
- Placement location: Jaipur
- Role: To gain valuable experience alongside knowledgeable local staff
- Type of placements: Hospitals, health centres and outreach work
- Accommodation: Host family
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Midwifery in India is different from what you will be used to at home, and volunteering here as a midwife will be both exciting and challenging. You will experience a medical and healthcare system that in many ways reflects the West but is also interspersed with local influences.
Midwifery in India is not recognised as a separate profession, but is in fact an aspect of general nursing. All nurses in India spend part of their training in midwifery departments. Obstetricians take the active role in labour, so as a midwifery volunteer, your role is mainly observational. You will learn a huge amount about the labour process in this country. If you show enthusiasm and become a valued member of the team, you may find you are given more to do.
Options for Midwifery in India
Our midwifery placements are located in Jaipur. The medical team also organises visits to other centres in and around Jaipur including a centre for traditional medicine, a mental health centre and a leprosarium. Normally, once a month an outreach project is organised. This can be focused on geriatric care, community health nursing or in tropical diseases. Although this is not normally related to midwifery, if you are interested you can still take part.
The doctors and nurses are keen for you to learn from them and will be happy to answer your questions. The hospitals can get very busy and there is so much for you to see and get involved in. You will be working with doctors and nurses who enjoy the opportunity to impart their specialised knowledge to enthusiastic volunteers. The areas available for you to rotate through include obstetrics, gynaecology, reproductive medicine, pregnancy, infertility, and C-sections (surgery).
Volunteers live with local host families who will show you true Indian hospitality. You will also be able to meet with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your time off and explore the local area.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.