By our partner, The Shanti Uganda Society
On August 27th to September 4th, The Shanti Uganda Society will be hosting its fourth annual doula training in Uganda, East Africa, the country considered to be the Pearl of Africa. The program has been running since 2012 and has received much positive feedback. A previous student described her experience in 2013 as transformative, humbling and amazing.
“I left a part of my heart in Uganda after leaving all of the wonderful women and children I met there. I would love for others who too are passionate about maternal and infant health to experience what I did so that it cannot only fuel your passion for change but ignite an explosion for change.”
This idea of Shanti Uganda’s doula training being a catalyst to fuel one’s passion for global access to safe dignified birth care goes hand in hand with Shanti Uganda’s mission and core values. Since its founding in 2007, Shanti Uganda has been committed to providing holistic mother-centered care and bringing dignity back to birth in Uganda. Shanti Uganda creates positive global change through grassroots and community initiatives and connecting cultures across the globe. Participants are given a unique experience to be trained while immersed in Ugandan culture.
“Leading Shanti Uganda’s Doula Training has been one of the peak experiences of my professional life”, says course facilitator Jane Drichta. Dritchta is a Seattle-based midwife and the co-author of The Essential Home Birth Guide. The 10-day training covers information from the most recent research in many areas of child birth and will be grounded in traditional, heart-centered holistic care. The training will also include the unique experience of learning from the head Ugandan midwife, the traditional birth attendant and the nutritionist at Shanti Uganda’s birth house. This year one $500 partial scholarship is available for a deserving applicant.
The proceeds raised from this training will significantly help Shanti Uganda keep their grassroots programs running, from their holistic birth house to the Women’s Income Generating Group to the teen girls’ workshops. If your passion lies with maternal and infant care, traditional holistic knowledge and community-based development, this training is the perfect opportunity for you.
The Shanti Uganda Society improves infant and maternal health, provides safe women-centered care, and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV in Uganda.
For more information please contact: Sadie St. Denis, Executive Director, The Shanti Uganda Society 604-831-2154 or 604-716-0611 or Sadie@shantiuganda.org.