Doula Training

Shanti Uganda International Doula Training and Retreat

Is your heart filled with love for pregnant women? Have you wanted to support them in their pregnancy and birth experience using both time honored and cutting edge techniques? Are you, or do you aspire to be a doula, student midwife, student nurse, childbirth educator or just an informed friend or family member? Now imagine an all-inclusive training, filled with childbirth philosophy, historical background, emergency childbirth measures, and much, much more. And, imagine it in Uganda, one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries in the world!

Shanti Uganda Doula Training


What is a doula?

A doula is a non-medical care provider who accompanies a mother through her childbearing experience. Doulas provide knowledgeable information and support, allowing a woman to experience birth in a way she may not have even thought was possible. Doulas are completely devoted to the woman and her partner, concentrating entirely on their wishes and needs.

Do doulas replace a partner or other close supporters?

Absolutely not! Doulas free the partner or other important support people to be involved in the birth to the level of their comfort. Nobody can love a woman like her partner; that support cannot be replicated.

Where do doulas work?

There are over 10,000 doulas working in North America today, and many more in countries throughout the world. Many are private practitioners, while others work in hospitals programs or volunteer organizations.

What makes the Shanti Uganda International Doula Program so special?

The Shanti Uganda International Doula Program places a significant focus on cross cultural work. If you have an interest in international development, international maternal/child health (MCH) or Global Health, or working with diverse populations within your own community, this training is for you!

What topics are covered in the workshop?

Each workshop is personalized, to some extent, depending on the background and needs of the participants. However, the following topics are always included:

  • Working in an international environment
  • Cross cultural work in your home community
  • The physiology and psychology of the childbearing year.
  • History of midwifery, labor support, and childbirth education on the western world.
  • The rise of the Cesarean
  • Explaining and understanding risk in childbirth
  • Working with abuse survivors
  • Supporting a family during a stillbirth or infant loss
  • How to work with other birth professionals in various settings and environments
  • Twins, breech and vaginal birth after cesarean (vbac) births
  • Best practices in pregnancy and birth
  • How to set up a profitable and legal birth business
  • Working at an out-of-hospital birth
  • Emergency childbirth measures
  • Politics of childbirth and the birth room

Retreat Activities

Our workshop attendees also have the opportunity to learn from our wonderful staff, and neighbouring healthcare professionals, and engage in activities specific to Shanti Uganda. These include listening to our head midwife describe birthing practices in Uganda, attending a talk by our resident Traditional Birth Attendant/Doula, describing her role in modern Ugandan childbirth, visiting the local government hospital, learning from Shanti Uganda’s local herbalist about the use of traditional medicinal plants, tracking rhinos on an afternoon walking safari, visiting a traditional drum store, and attending a bonfire with our Shanti Uganda family.

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Who Should Participate?

This ten-day training is ideal for aspiring doulas, student midwives, medical students, perinatal therapists, and birth workers of any other stripe, as well as those with an existing practice and previous experience. No experience is necessary other than a deep passion for pregnancy, childbirth and supporting birthing women and their families. This training is especially relevant for those who work or desire to work internationally, or within a community cross cultural environment.

What Are the Dates for the 2016 Workshop?

October 10-19th 2016

How Much Does the Workshop Cost, and What Does It Include?

$2,613 Canadian dollars. Please note the current exchange rates for your home country if you do not reside in Canada.


  • Nine Nights Accommodation (double occupancy, including our last night at the Entebbe Wildlife Centre!)
  • All In Country Travel
  • Airport Transfers
  • All Meals
  • Comprehensive Doula Training
  • A Course Manual & Certificate of Attendance
  • Retreat Experiences
  • Transport and entrance fee to Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary

Not Included:

  • Additional Snacks & Drinks
  • Airfare
  • Medical Insurance
  • Visas
  • Inoculations & Medications
  • Personal Spending

How Do I Sign Up?

A $500 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required upon registration to reserve your spot. The remaining balance is due by September 1st, 2016. Please submit the registration form to when making payment.

Register before May 31, 2016 and receive $500 off total cost. Register with a friend and together save $500. Note – these two savings options can not be combined.

Payment by cheque: Please make cheque out to Shanti Uganda and include ‘Doula Training’ in the memo line. Cheques can be sent to:

The Shanti Uganda Society, 1900 Bowman Ave. Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Payment via Paypal: Please note, an additional $52 will be added to cover the cost of the Paypal transaction.

Doula Training Payment

About Jane:

Jane E. Drichta is a Certified Professional Midwife, Doula and Birth Educator living in Seattle, Washington. She has been involved with Shanti Uganda since 2009, and currently serves on both the Board of Directors and as the Midwifery Advisor. She has developed curricula for many doula trainings and midwifery workshops, and is a frequent speaker at various conferences and trainings. She is a passionate advocate for vaginal birth after cesarean (vbac), and women’s right to informed choice and gentle care. Jane holds a BA in English from St. Louis University, certificates in Global Maternal Health and Neonatal Health from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and is a MSc candidate at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, at Queen Mary University of London. She is also a Postgraduate Diploma Candidate in Tropical Nursing at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The co-author of the award winning “Essential Homebirth Guide,” (along with Jodilyn Owen, CPM) Jane has been published in the trade journalMidwifery Today and Squat, as well as The Montessori Gazette, and several short fiction venues including Samsara, American Tanka, and Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine for Children.