By: 13 January 2014

Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Honorary Professor of Midwifery at Kings College London, will lead a midwifery tour on 2-13 April 2014, and will show you the many faces of South Africa while examining midwifery and Child Care in there through visits, meetings and talks.

The Midwifery and Child Care in South Africa is supported by the RCM and the planned tour was done in association with the Society of Midwives of South Africa. Some of the profits from this tour will pay for a South African midwife to attend the International Congress of Midwifery in Prague in May 2015.

It is possible to obtain CPD points on this tour and the whole experience will take 12 hours, including visits to the only public hospital serving approximately 3.5 million people in Soweto – the largest hospital of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – a provincial hospital and community clinics. You will meet the midwives working there and a traditional healer (a nyanga), and there will be talks on the background to midwifery in each area and the practice in the UK.

The Midwifery and Child Care in South Africa tour will take you from Johannesburg into the safari country of the Kruger National Park, along the world famous Panorama Route through spectacular landscapes, and it will end in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Cape Town.

As well as the professional visits and talks, you will get the opportunity to take in the spectacular sights of Africa, including God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes with its extraordinary rock formations, the Blyde River Canyon, the famous Three Rondavels and historic gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest. You will also get a chance to visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre for a tour of the breeding and research centre and the chance to see rare species such as African wild dogs and cheetahs up close. The flight-inclusive price from London is £2,885.

Professor Warwick lectures, writes and advises on midwifery issues with a particular interest in the organisation of care and the promotion of choice for women. She has travelled widely both on her own and with her family, visiting midwifery units in America, Sri Lanka and South Africa and has led successful midwifery study tours to China, India, Cuba and South Africa.

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