Mary Fields

University of Southampton

Kenya Midwifery Elective

Elective International has a great program in Kenya, hands down. I wasn’t expecting to get nearly as much work as I did but was in for a shock.  A great, life-changing shock. The midwifery program exposed me to so much I wouldn’t have learned if I hadn’t chosen Kenya as an elective destination. I met so many amazing people and got the hands-on experience I know has made me a better midwife.

 

Setting up a placement through Elective International was straightforward from the get-go. Their website is informative and their staff is excellent about answering your questions. I felt I had enough information to make choose an elective designed around my needs and intentions. EI was flexible enough to work with what I gave them and develop it.

 

I woke up in Mombasa and couldn’t quite believe it. I went downstairs and met the staff and the other people doing electives. They were just as excited and it put me in a good place to realize I’d be spending a lot of time with other people who were going through the same experience. I could relate to them which was a big relief. We took a tour of the town and went to the beach, which is when it really hit me where I was.

 

Mombasa is densely populated so the healthcare demands are pretty intensive, especially pre- and post-natal care. The hospital staff were extremely professional and did a great job making me part of the team. I worked in the hospital’s maternal department and even went out into the field for some home deliveries. That was definitely challenging as not all pregnancies get the go-ahead before to be had at home. There were a few scary moments where we thought one of the women might be having a rupture and had to get her to the hospital quickly. It turned out otherwise, but that gives you an idea of what to expect. There’s nothing routine at all. But it forces you to learn fast and to be creative, which is the biggest takeaway from my overseas experience. 

 

I am really satisfied with my elective experience. Try it out. You won’t be disappointed.