Midwifery in Bali - Jon Baines Tours

Midwifery in Bali

26 Jun - 2 Jul 2020
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: Java and Mt Bromo extension

About the tour

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.

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Your tour leader

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Ruth King

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. 

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 26 June (Fri) Ubud region: Transfer to Ubud and visit Kim Patra (an Australian trained midwife) of Community Health Care Bali. Learn of the programs run by Kim, including pre and post-natal care, developmental assessment and vaccination programs. Welcome dinner
  • 27 June (Sat) Ubud: Visit the NGO Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation). Continue to Yayasan Widya Guna to learn about spiritual life in Bali. visit the Gunung Kawi Temple and make an offering. Option to see traditional Balinese dance in the evening
  • 28 June (Sun) Ubud: Visit Rumah Sehat Madani Clinic, which provide maternal and general healthcare to disadvantaged families.Visit Yayasana Rama Sesana and learn of their education programs improving the health of the low income women
  • 29 June (Mon) Ubud / Pemuteran: Drive via Singaraja and explore the colonial centre. Continue to Penelokan for spectacular views of the Crater Lake and the vast Mount Batur Volcano. Continue to the seaside town of Pemuteran and the Taman Sari Hotel
  • 30 June (Tues) Pemuteran: Visit Polindes Kalianget, a local community participation project focusing on childbirth and child health. Visit Banjar hot spring for a rejuvenating soak in a beautiful tropical garden in the midst of the jungle. Return mid-afternoon and at leisure
  • 1 July (Wed) Pemuteran / Sanur: Drive to Sanur on the east coast and check into Segara Village Hotel and relax at leisure. Alternatively, join the Java extension.
  • 2 July (Thurs) Sanur: Depart Bali

Extension to Java

  • 1 July (Wed) Pemuteran / Kalibaru: Drive to the port of Gilimanuk and take the short ferry journey to Java (1 hour). Visit a local clinic in Banyuwangi. Arrive at Margo Utomo Resort and at leisure
  • 2 July (Thurs) Kalibaru: Explore the tea, coffee, spice, vanilla, coffee and cocoa plantations. Visit one of the villages and learn of process of turning the crops into the final product. At leisure at the resort
  • 3 July (Fri) Kalibaru / Bromo: Drive from Kalibaru to Mount Bromo via the Madakaripura Waterfall. Check into the Java Banana and at leisure
  • 4 July (Sat) Bromo / Malang: A very early start to take a jeep ride to the sunrise viewpoint up above. Cross the sea of sand and climb to the crater of Mt Bromo for fantastic views. Return to the hotel for breakfast and continue to Malang. Arrive and transfer to the Santika Premiere Malang Hotel and at leisure
  • 5 July (Sun) Malang: Explore the attractive city Malang. Visit the market, the Chinese Temple and the colourful Jodipan kampong. At leisure
  • 6 July (Mon) Malang/ Jogjakarta: Meet with Rina, a local Malang midwife, and learn of midwifery services in Java. Take the train across Java to Jogjakarta and check into the Phoenix Hotel
  • 7 July (Sat) Jogjakarta: Rickshaw to the Royal Palace. Visit the puppet maker and water palace. Visit batik workshops (lunch stop) and continue to the famous Malioboro Road for some shopping and local everyday life. In the evening visit South Square to see a local tradition
  • 8 July (Sun) Jogjakarta: Early start to visit the Temple of Borobudur. Drive to Candirejo village and explore by horse and carriage or bicycle. Visit farms, workshops and the cultural centre and learn of village life. At leisure. Farewell dinner
  • 9 July (Mon) Jogjakarta: Depart for flight home

Tour cost

$1,595 per person (ground only excluding International flights and airport transfers)

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