The international clinical placement option provides opportunities for students and faculty to share the Midwifery Program’s practices with the global midwifery community. We currently have clinical care and research relationships with practitioners in Holland, Nepal, Uganda, and Zambia.
The main goals for students participating in the global midwifery placement option are:
- To learn about health care systems in developing countries
- To work in settings where there are few resources
- To work alongside midwives and physicians in low-resource settings
Students attend normal births, and experience the ways health care workers address births in low-resource settings. These skills are especially relevant to student midwives as they prepare to respond to the critical shortage of skilled maternity providers in rural and remote areas of British Columbia.
It is our desire to educate and prepare graduates to become exceptional global citizens, promote the values of a civil and sustainable society, and conduct outstanding research.
In the summer of 2008, we invited Prossy Musoke to UBC to train in neo-natal resuscitation and share her experiences as a midwife in Uganda.
We sponsored two Ugandan midwives to present at the 2011 International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Conference in Durban, South Africa. This endeavour was funded by the Midwives’ Association of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia Midwifery Program.
For more information regarding Global Citizenship, please contact Cathy Ellis at 604-822-2680.