Working with VBAC Clients – Supporting the Journey, Avoiding the Obstacles

Thursday, October 19, 2017
10 AM-1 PM

3 DONA Contact Hours awarded


Nova Women’s Health Collective
7011 Calamo St, Suite 204, Springfield, VA 22150

Host/local contact:
Amy Durham

An interactive, engaging Advanced Doula Training to add skills and tools that you can call on to support VBAC clients and understand the challenges you may face when helping birthing families who are planning a VBAC. This training provides three DONA International continuing education hours. These hours are accepted by most maternal-infant health organizations. Please check your organization for their policy.

At the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

    • Identify the characteristics of “VBAC Friendly” providers and facilities in your community
    • Accurately understand the true risks of VBAC and Repeat Cesarean Section to both parent and baby
    • Become familiar with current hospital protocols and community standards for VBAC’ing parents3
    • Receive suggestions for work that can be done prenatally with your client to help them achieve their goal of a vaginal birth
    • Strategize techniques for labor to help with both emotional and physiological dystocia
    • Create a resource list for both Cesarean and VBAC clients
    • Debrief the birth experience effectively with your client in a postpartum visit, whether it is a successful VBAC or a repeat cesarean.

    Cancellation policy for this class is as follows:

    Cancel on or after 10/1/17 – 50% refund. You must text (206) 465-1052 or email me ( PRIOR to the start of the workshop to receive a 50% refund.

    You may send a replacement in your place without penalty at any point. Please notify me of this prior to workshop starting. You must be in attendance for the entire three hours to receive contact hours.

    I reserve the right to cancel the workshop and refund 100% of the registration fee if we do not have the minimum of 10 participants.

    Due to the nature of the class, the classroom layout and out of consideration for other attendees, please make arrangements for any children to be cared for off site.


    About Sharon

    Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE. Sharon has been an active childbirth professional since 2004, teaching Lamaze classes to thousands of families and providing doula services to approximately 460 more through her private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is an instructor at the Simkin Center, Bastyr University where she is a DONA-approved birth doula trainer. Sharon is also a trainer with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program. In September 2011, Sharon was admitted as a Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators. In 2015, Sharon was awarded Lamaze International’s Media Award for her work promoting safe and healthy birth. Sharon also serves as the consulting instructor for Parent Trust for Washington Children‘s childbirth education program serving thousands of families every year.
    Very active in her community, serving in a variety of positions that promote maternal-infant health, Sharon enjoys active online engagement and facilitating discussion around best practice, current research and its practical application to community standards and actions by health care providers, and how that affects families in the childbearing year. Sharon has been an engaging speaker at international conferences on topics of interest to birth professionals and enjoys collaborating with others to share ideas and information that benefit birth professionals and families. You can find Sharon’s writing on Science & Sensibility and the DONA Doula Chronicles, where she serves as the blogs’ community manager. What Sharon loves to do most is design and implement engaging and interactive curriculum for families and professionals on topics of maternal-infant health. She also loves to drink coffee.