Issue 6
Tuesday, 07 August 2018
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: Ni Putu Witha Rahayuni, Ni Komang Puspita Dewi, Jodi Cavin,  Ni Made Devi Maharani and Kadek Okta Putri Dwi Rahayu
From left: Ni Putu Witha Rahayuni, Ni Komang Puspita Dewi, Jodi Cavin, Ni Made Devi Maharani and Kadek Okta Putri Dwi Rahayu

Midwifery students visit Indonesia

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

Eleven students recently visited Indonesia to experience first-hand the challenges local midwives face.

Bachelor of Midwifery student Jodi Cavin said the cultural experience was designed to give students an understanding of midwifery from a global perspective.

“It was a real eye-opener, but quite humbling at the same time,” she said.

“I was one of two students who witnessed a natural childbirth at a private clinic in Denpasar. It was very emotional as the biological mother gave birth to a child being adopted. The adoptive mother was present, so many tears were shed.”

Jodi, who is also a fully qualified nurse, said she would sponsor a child after visiting an orphanage there.

“I’m already a mum of three, but this young girl really touched me,” she said. “So I’m seeing how I can provide financial support for her schooling.”

Lecturer in Midwifery Mpho Dube said students also visited hospitals, clinics, lived with private midwives and shared learning activities with students from two midwifery universities.

“It was interesting for the students to see how much broader the scope of an Indonesian midwifery practice was compared to Australia,” she said.  “Midwives in Indonesia do their best to provide care for not only women but also their families, often in under-resourced settings compared to Australia.”

The visit was funded by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.