Step off the tourist trail and experience lesser-travelled Bali - with extension to Java - on this new midwifery study tour. Explore the beauty of Bali, where temples and shrines nestle amongst emerald green rice terraces, and spirituality infuses everyday life. On the extension experience the cultural riches and dramatic landscapes of Java, peer into a vast volcanic caldera at daybreak and visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist complex in the world.
The midwifery visits provide real insight into midwifery, childcare and health provision in Bali and Java. After independence, the Indonesians largely followed the Dutch model, where trained, qualified midwives provided the majority of health care and support to mothers. After a period when childbirth became more medicalised, the midwifery profession has since grown and developed. There are now over 200,000 midwives across Indonesia. The village midwife (bidan desa) is the backbone of maternity care in Indonesia, linking traditional midwives (dukuns) with the centralised maternity hospitals.
Professional visits include midwifery units in cities and villages, with many meetings with local midwives; charities and organisations providing midwifery and childcare to low-income communities, as well as childbirth and parental education; and an alternative birth centre to look at the use of yoga and spirituality in maternity services.
Ruth King is the Midwifery Advisor, Education Unit for the Australian College of Midwives (ACM), the peak professional body for Midwives in Australia, a role she has held for over 5 years. In her spare time she works clinically as a midwife through Your Nursing Agency at a variety of maternity services around South Australia. Prior to working for the ACM Ruth worked in a midwifery continuity of care caseload model at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. In this time she completed her Honours looking at practices and perspectives of women eating during labour, achieving a 1st Class.
Ruth has travelled widely around Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe and has a travel bucket list that she and her family are slowly working on every year.
Extension to Java
$1,595 per person (ground only excluding International flights and airport transfers)