Written by a midwifery student who participated in Shanti Uganda’s Doula Training in 2013.
I was one of the very fortunate women to travel to Shanti last October with Jane and I cannot express in words how transformative, humbling, and amazing the trip was. When I first learned about the trip my heart almost leapt out of my chest because I knew it was the opportunity I had been longing for, but being a new midwifery student in a single income home I felt that my dream of traveling to Africa would never happen. For over a month I talked to Jane and drilled her with questions, worked calculations, and childcare arrangements and ultimately decided that I would try to go “next year”.
Then one day I realized that there may not be a next year. Life changes and next year isn’t promised for what I felt was a once in a lifetime trip so I saved every penny I had left over each month, I fundraised, and I unashamedly solicited friends and family members for funds, and although I was cutting it close I had enough to go! I assure you this isn’t a sales pitch but after leaving Uganda and all of the wonderful women and children I met in there I left a part of my heart in Uganda and I would love for others who too are passionate about maternal and infant health to experience what I did so that it can not only fuel your passion for change but ignite an explosion for change!
Learn more about our 2014 Doula Training in October visit http://shantiuganda.org/get-involved/doula-training/.