Midwifery Internships in Sri Lanka
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Panadura
- ROLE: To gain valuable midwifery knowledge by observing midwifery procedures within a variety of different units
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals and outreach work
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Interning on a Projects Abroad Midwifery internship in Sri Lanka is an opportunity for midwifery students to gain a great deal of international work-experience in a maternity hospital or the maternity units of larger hospitals. You will find the facilities are generally of a basic standard, so you may witness different midwifery practice than you are used to in North America.
Your exact role within the hospital will be determined by your level of midwifery experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff. You will have your own supervisor who will ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your internship. As a Midwifery intern, you will mainly shadow staff, and learn by observing. By showing initiative and eagerness, you can earn the trust of the local medical staff and can be give more responsibility.
Interning Abroad as a Midwife in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad
We have Midwifery internships based in the coastal towns of Panadura and Kalutara (about 27 miles south of Colombo).You could intern in a variety of maternity units such as pre-natal, labor wards, theatre, and post-natal.
There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specializing in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This will give you a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka.
Projects Abroad also organizes regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical interns. Although not always directly related to Midwifery, this will give you a greater understanding of the medical system in Sri Lanka.
On a monthly basis, you can travel to a local town to carry out basic medical checks on the local community, while being supervised and supported by qualified doctors. This provides you with the opportunity to carry out vital work in a community based environment.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Sri Lanka Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
I was able to independently clean, weigh and measure the babies after birth and dress them, before taking them to their mothers and helping with their first breastfeed. I was also able to observe different procedures for example examinations of the mother before she had given birth and also suturing of the women. I learnt so much whilst working alongside these midwives and the junior doctors which will help me so much when undertaking my study. Read more...
You will live with a Projects Abroad local host family while interning as a Midwife. In your free time you will be able to explore the coast and towns of the region with the volunteer community.