Shanti Uganda Birth Arts

Shanti Uganda

Shanti Uganda Birth Arts International Doula Training Retreat

September 18-26th, 2017 Luwero, Uganda

The Shanti Uganda Birth Arts International Doula Training Retreat is a 10 day, life changing experience at the Shanti Uganda Birth House in Luwero, Uganda. Become a BAI Certified Doula, learn about Shanti Uganda’s successful maternal care and experience one of the most beautiful and friendly countries in the world. The retreat includes a comprehensive training, accommodation and freshly prepared meals, a rhino safari and the opportunity to connect to an amazing community.  

Topics Covered

  • The physiology and psychology of the childbearing year

  • Explaining and understanding risk in childbirth

  • Working with abuse survivors

  • Best practices in pregnancy and birth

  • Twins, breech and vaginal birth after Cesarean (vbac) births

  • History of midwifery, labor support, and childbirth education on the western world

  • The rise of the Cesarean

  • Politics of childbirth and the birth room

  • How to work with other birth professionals in various settings and environments

  • Working at an out ­of ­hospital birth

  • Supporting a family during a stillbirth or infant loss

  • Emergency childbirth measures

  • How to set up a profitable and legal birth business


Who Should Attend

Aspiring doulas, student midwives, medical students, perinatal therapists, and birth workers of any kind, including those with an existing practice or previous experience

No experience is necessary other than a deep passion for pregnancy, childbirth and supporting birthing women and their families.


Program Fees

100% of the proceeds of this trip support Shanti Uganda’s work to improve infant and maternal health and to provide safe, mother-centered care in the District of Luwero, Uganda. When you register for this course you are directly contributing to the improvement of infant and maternal health in this community. Total program fees are $2675 CAD. A $500 non­refundable, non­transferable deposit is required upon registration to reserve your spot. All payments and registration will be done through Shanti Uganda.



  • Nine Nights Accommodation (double occupancy, including our last night at the Entebbe Wildlife Centre!)

  • In Country Travel (including transport to and from the airport)

  • All Meals

  • Certified Doula Training from Birth Arts International

  • Birth Arts International Course Manual & Certificate of Attendance

  • Portfolio review fee to Birth Arts International

  • Lecture with Shanti’s Head Midwife, Agriculturalist and Traditional Birth Attendant

  • Bonfire and traditional Ugandan drumming event

  • Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary Entrance Fee

  • Overnight stay at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center


Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Medical Insurance

  • Visas

  • Vaccinations & Medications

  • Personal Spending

  • Additional Snacks & Drinks


How to Attend

For more information, including how to register for the training, please visit Shanti Uganda’s website or email Operations Director, Kate Hyde at All payments and registration will be done through Shanti Uganda.


About Shanti Uganda:

Shanti Uganda is a Canadian Charity and Registered Ugandan NGO that is eradicating preventable maternal mortality throughout East Africa using a unique collaborative care model. We believe a safe, respectful and comfortable birthing experience is a human right for every woman. We are committed to sustainable community based development and the midwifery model of care. Find out more about Shanti Uganda on their website: