• Indonesia
    • Bali
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Subject Areas
Health Sciences Service Learning Women's Studies

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma


Starting Price
Mar 07, 2019
Nov 09, 2014
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About Program

Travel to beautiful Bali, Indonesia to live and learn inside of a fully-functioning healthcare center in the heart of the capital city, Denpasar. Designed for anyone interested in natural birth and maternal healthcare, this 10-week course exposes students to models for midwife-lead maternal healthcare and provides foundations in gentle birth techniques. In a group of 2-4 students, participants will work closely with local care providers, and gain a first-hand perspective on the complexities of establishing gentle birth models of care within government-lead healthcare service delivery systems. Through the on-site component, students build authentic, lasting relationships with the local community as they evolve their role of humble observation and service learning. Students also participate in rigorous academic study via our cutting-edge online classroom technology for the duration of the course.

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Gentle Birth in Bali

I discovered Birth Institute only a month before I left for Bali. When I found the Study Abroad program, I knew it was for me, and I am truly grateful that the Birth Institute team was able to accept me into the program and have everything so efficiently organized in such a short period of time! On the very first day arriving at Madani (the Birth Centre), all the midwives gathered and welcomed me into their community, I felt immediately safe and at home. Living on site was perfect because Madani is always opened for women and families, so learning opportunities are 24/7. The Birth Centre definitely kept me busy throughout my whole three months in the country and my biggest challenge was learning to balance time between studies, being with women, and relaxation! On my time off I loved taking the scooter out (students are welcome to use and share) for some fresh air and to explore Bali. Madani is only a short ride to beautiful beaches, Ubud and cosy cafes. Gentle love, gentle birth... this was my very first experience of midwifery, I had such an incredible and inspiring time that I decided to further continue my studies with Birth Institute -- I am now one of the students studying Holistic Midwifery!

What would you improve about this program?
Communication with the midwives and the local families was difficult as I did not prepare myself enough before arrival. I would encourage future students to learn at least some basic Indonesian before commencing the program, this will make a huge difference for your learning experience!

I really enjoyed having a preceptor on site for the second half of my program, and hope future students will continue to receive support for their experience as well!
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