This midwifery study tour shows you the many faces of this beautiful and diverse land. Travel from Johannesburg into the safari country of Kruger National Park, along the famously spectacular 'Panorama Route', into stunning Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and Zululand, ending in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Cape Town.
Your journey is punctuated with regular professional visits and talks and provides real insight into the medical and social issues surrounding midwifery and maternity care in South Africa.
There is the also the opportunity to take the pre-tour extension at spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Dr Mary Ross-Davie is a UK-based midwife with a varied career across clinical practice, national and leadership roles. She is currently Director of Midwifery for the largest maternity service in Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. After qualifying as a midwife in 1995, Mary worked in London; first as a core hospital midwife, then continuity midwife for a team caring for women with HIV and substance misuse problems, before working as a community midwife and labour ward coordinator. Mary then developed into specialist roles in HIV and perinatal mental health. After moving to Scotland in the early noughties Mary worked as a Sure Start midwife, then consultant midwife, before undertaking her PhD which focussed on measuring the continuous support behaviours provided by midwives during labour. Mary also undertook national roles in perinatal mental health, quality improvement and education. From 2016-2022 Mary worked for the Royal College of Midwives, first as the County Director for Scotland, then taking on a UK professional Director role.
Mary has published widely and presented at a wide range of national and international conferences. Her key focus in her work is on creating the right conditions to enable midwives to provide excellent maternity care, with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities and enabling a positive transition to parenthood.
Mary has travelled widely through her work, undertaking two volunteering trips to Nepal, as well as attending the International Congress of midwives conferences in Prague and South Africa. In 2023 she co-led the Jon Baines Midwifery tour in Japan and is supporting the tour to Scotland in September 2023. She runs and climbs Munroes in her spare time.
Pre-tour extension to Victoria Falls: 1 – 3 November 2024
*NB: Flights to and from Victoria Falls connect with Johannesburg (flights not included).
Main tour itinerary
The tour cost sharing a twin or double room is USD $4,046. The tour cost with a room to yourself is USD $4,449 (excluding international flights and transfers)