Midwifery in Brazil

10 - 22 Nov 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: Iguassu Falls or Paraty

About the tour

The role of the midwife and natural birth is still developing in Brazil, where c-section delivery dominates, particularly in the private sector. There are wide discrepancies between urban and rural maternal health standards, which also vary by class and race. Learn about the challenges posed by the recent Zika virus outbreak and Brazil’s response. Travel from the vast metropolis of São Paulo to Salvador, the colourful capital of Bahia State, to Manaus in the heart of the Amazon and down to iconic Rio de Janeiro.  Experience the vitality, music, colour and diversity of Brazil as you gain specialist insight into its society, healthcare and culture.

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Midwifery in Brazil

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Professor Cathy Warwick CBE

​Professor Cathy Warwick CBE

Dame Cathy Warwick was Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives for 9 years and now works independently. Cathy is also Honorary Professor of Midwifery and an Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London. In 2006 she was awarded a CBE for services to Midwifery and Healthcare and in 2017 was made a Dame. Cathy lectures, writes and advises on midwifery issues with a particular interest in the organisation of care and the promotion of choice for women. Cathy has travelled widely both on her own and with her family, visiting midwifery units in America, Sri Lanka and South Africa and has previously led successful midwifery study tours to China, India, South Africa, Nepal and Cuba.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 10 Nov (Sat) São Paulo: arrive in São Paulo and transfer to the hotel
  • 11 Nov (Sun) São Paulo: City tour of São Paulo starting at the Municipal Market, continue to the Pinacoteca museum. Visit the bohemian neighbourhood of Vila Madalena for coffee tasting. Continue to Ibirapuera Park. Welcome dinner in the evening
  • 12 Nov (Mon) São Paulo: Visit the Midwifery programme at the University of São Paulo. Afternoon at leisure
  • 13 Nov (Tues) São Paulo/ Salvador: Transfer to the airport for the flight to Salvador. Arrive Salvador and visit Mansao do Caminho, a leading spiritism centre that promotes humanised birth. Transfer to the hotel with time to relax before dinner
  • 14 Nov (Wed) Salvador: Visit the state run Perinatal institute that serves mothers on lower incomes. In the afternoon visit the Jose Maria de Magalhaes Neto Maternity Hospital which specialises in high risk pregnancies
  • 15 Nov (Thurs) Salvador: Morning tour of historic Salvador including the colourful buildings of Pelourinho, its cobblestoned squares and beautiful churches. Traditional Bahian cuisine for lunch. 
  • 16 Nov (Fri) Salvador / Manaus: Morning at leisure. Fly to Manaus in the heart of the Amazon. Transfer to the lodge by bus and boat.
  • 17 Nov (Sat) Manaus: Enjoy the activities on offer at the lodge including rainforest walks, visit a local village, bird watching or visit the monkey jungle
  • 18 Nov (Sun) Manaus: Day to enjoy the activities at the lodge or relax.  Night tour in a canoe to see the nightlife
  • 19 Nov (Mon) Manaus/ Rio de Janeiro: Depart the lodge and transfer to the airport for the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrive into Rio in the evening
  • 20 Nov (Tues) Rio de Janeiro: Take a scenic train ride to Corcovado Mountain and visit the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Take a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain, stopping at Morro de Urca and walk to the next station to enjoy panoramic views of Copacabana.
  • 21 Nov (Wed) Rio de Janeiro: Visit Casa de Parto and see the work its doing to promote natural births. In the afternoon visit IFF/Fiocruz which promotes women and children's health.Farewell dinner in the evening
  • 22 Nov (Thurs) Rio de Janeiro: Morning at leisure until your departure flight or continue with an extension to Iguassu Falls or Paraty


  • there is the option to extend either before or after the tour with a 2 night extension in Iguassu Falls or a 3 night extension in colonial Paraty. For full information please get in touch

Tour cost

$4,333 per person (ground only excluding international flights and transfers)