Become a Birth Arts International Certified Doula while supporting Shanti Uganda

Doula Training Retreat

September 18-26th, 2017 on the beautiful grounds of Shanti Uganda 

bailogoThe Shanti Uganda Birth Arts International Doula Training Retreat is a 10 day, life changing experience  on the grounds of the Shanti Uganda Birth House in Luwero, Uganda. Become a BAI Certified Doula, learn about Shanti Uganda’s successful model of 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

This workshop fulfills the requirement for an in-person doula training needed for certification with Birth Arts International and all fees to complete certification with Birth Arts International are included. You will receive your training manual and certification paperwork in Uganda.

Retreat Activities

Our workshop attendees 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, 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.

Who Should Attend

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.

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.

$1,000CAD scholarship available: apply here


  • 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 our training, please fill out the form below and you will be contacted by our Operations Director, Kate Hyde. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions or concerns:

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About Kate:

12814658_10153891970166955_7328500316881647538_nKate Dewey has been practicing as a birth and postpartum doula in the Seattle area since 2008. Kate also trained as a lactation educator and childbirth educator in 2009 and has since helped over 400 families through her work in this field. In the spring of 2016, Kate was honored to become a doula trainer with Birth Arts International and is excited to bring this holistic doula training to the larger global platform. She has a passion for supporting families throughout the entire transition to parenthood. Kate lives in North Seattle with her husband and five children.

About Birth Arts International:

Birth Arts International was originally founded in 2000 by Demetria Clark as the Green Mountain Doula Guild. Since then the organization has expanded and grown into Birth Arts International a division of Demetria Clark Education Services LLC. They have gone from a regional body to one that is working internationally, offering extensive doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, midwifery assistant and advanced doula trainings. Birth Arts International is considered the premier holistic doula training organization, and it is known for it’s support and progressive student support practices.

Birth Arts International has trained over 25,000 birthworkers worldwide, and that number continues to grow year after year. Find out more about Birth Arts International on their website: