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

Advanced Doula and Perinatal Professional Workshop

VBAC Training for Doulas

An interactive, engaging advanced doula training to add skills and provide effective tools that you can call on when supporting VBAC clients.

People who are birthing again after a cesarean frequently seek out a doula to help them achieve their goal of a vaginal birth. This workshop helps you to understand the challenges doulas face when supporting birthing families who are planning a VBAC. Accept these VBAC clients with confidence knowing that after this training, you will have the tools and knowledge to effectively support these amazing families.

This workshop provides three DONA International continuing education hours. These hours are accepted by many maternal-infant health organizations. Please check your organization for their policy.

Is this the right advanced doula training for you?

You want key skills for supporting the unique needs of clients intending to have a VBAC, so you can become the "go-to" VBAC doula in your community. You recognize that working with VBAC clients is "the same, but different."

You're eager to explore how best to provide unconditional support as a birth doula to families planning a VBAC, assist in debriefing their previous experience and prepare them for a variety of outcomes.

You understand the reasons for a previous cesarean may have been simple and straightforward with a positive birth experience or that clients may have had a disappointing or even traumatic experience that they do not wish to repeat.

You recognize there are nuances to navigating the VBAC climate in your community and want to be able to help clients achieve their goals.

What you can expect from the VBAC YOUR WAY TRAINING:

  • Identify the characteristics of “VBAC Friendly” providers and facilities in your community.

  • Familiarize yourself with current ACOG recommendations for birthing after a cesarean.

  • Differentiate between "VBAC Tolerant" and "VBAC Supportive" policies and procedures.

  • Accurately understand the actual risks of VBAC and repeat cesarean section to both parent and baby.

  • Become familiar with critical hospital protocols and community standards for VBAC’ing parents.

  • Receive and practice techniques 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.

Sharon Muza Review

"What an incredible training, full of valuable information. The Culture of Risk presentation was very eye-opening. The continuum of care was a great exercise and nothing beats a panel discussion of real women, talking about their real experiences. Thank you Sharon, I am a better doula because of you!"


"I have taken Sharon's doula training, childbirth educator training and an advanced doula skills training...Sharon is an absolute wealth of information. I have been blown away by how generous she is with sharing her hard-won experiential knowledge...She truly embodies the spirit of abundance mindset."


"I recently took a VBAC class for professionals and had a great experience. Sharon was knowledgeable and up to date on the topic. I felt comfortable asking questions and leaned great information that I am able to bring to my clients. I will definitely sign up for another course with Sharon."



WHERE: Currently being offered via Zoom Virtual Meeting platform

FEE: $175 for 3 hour workshop

Contact hours and certificate of attendance provided for full participation.

Choose your preferred date for this VIRTUAL training!

WHEN: New 2022 dates coming soon! 2023 dates will be announced this fall.


You must be in attendance and your camera on for the entire workshop to receive contact hours. Please contact me if there are issues with being present on camera. This workshop cannot be attended on a phone or tablet because our learning activities are not accessible on those devices.

Due to the nature of the class and out of consideration for other attendees, please make arrangements for any children to be cared for off-screen during virtual workshops. Nurslings can be brought in for feedings.

QUESTIONS? Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, or call/text me at 206-465-1052.

Sharon Muza Seattle

Sharon Muza

Sharon Muza has been an active perinatal professional since 2004, teaching Lamaze classes to thousands of families and doula-ing in Seattle, WA. Sharon trains doulas and childbirth educators, L&D nurses and midwives in Washington state and globally. She blogs professionally on perinatal topics. Sharon enjoys facilitating discussion around best practice, current research and its practical application to maternal-infant health and community standards and can be found presenting at conferences and professional gatherings. She also loves creating and delivering engaging and interactive learning sessions both in person and online.


As registration is limited, the cancellation policy for this class is as follows:

If you need to cancel for any reason, a $20 processing fee will be charged and the balance refunded cheerfully and promptly. Your payment in full confirms your registration. You may send a replacement in your place without penalty at any point prior to the workshop starting. Just let me know IN ADVANCE.

If you fail to let me know IN ADVANCE by text (206-465-1052) or email ( BEFORE the class or workshop starts, there will be no refund.

I reserve the right to cancel the workshop and refund 100% of the registration fee to you if we do not have a minimum of 6 participants.