Shayla Brown

Why Stop C-section?

My experiences with C-section are both personal and professional.

After my first natural home birth I found myself isolated in my journey, and in my victory because my peers and the older women around me had nothing but unexpected traumatic c-section births to share.

The problem of C section became extremely personal when I was faced with the possibility of C Section 37 weeks into my 4th pregnancy.

As a doula, I helped women achieve VBACS but I didn’t understand the magnitude of what I helped them accomplish until I witnessed a C Section firsthand.

In addition to sharing how I turned my breech baby to avoid a C-Section birth myself, this course takes everything I learned from my experiences as a doula supporting women in Phoenix-area hospitals and helps you to answer the following questions:

  1.  What should I think about when I’m considering being induced or using drugs for my labor?
  2. What types of C-Sections exist?
  3. What steps can I take to avoid a c-section during labor?
  4. Is it really that big of a deal to have a C-Section instead of a vaginal birth?
  5. And most of all....How do I labor and birth the way that I want? 

To this day, I still get questions in my inbox about avoiding C-Sections during labor--from women AND their doulas, and in a poll I conducted, 77% of the women participating wanted to know:

"How Can I Avoid An Unwanted C-Section During Labor?”

This course is my response. 

Meet Your Instructor

Shayla Brown

Shayla Brown

Hi, I'm Shayla; a doula certified through Shafia Monroe Consulting and trained through the Health Connect One Community-Based Doula model.

I have given birth naturally 6 times:

-once in a hospital

-twice at home with midwives and doulas

-three times with only the assistance of my husband

As a Doula in the Phoenix Metro I primarily supported women in hospital settings. During this time, my support consisted mostly of helping women navigate the hospital system and avoid unnecessary and dangerous interventions.

Additionally, I’m the creator and curator of Black Birth Story Blog, “where black women are the authority on black maternal health” and the Listening to Black Women YouTube Series.

Stop C-Section From Happening to You.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the Course
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  Understand C-Section Definition, Risks, & Types
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  Don't Get Induced
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  Say "No" To Labor Drugs
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  Say "No" to Labor Interventions
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  Follow Tips for Labor Success
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  Course Wrap-Up
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Petrice Virgil

"With the awesome support of Shayla, I was able to not only VBAC again but do so with much greater pain tolerance, in much greater timing and with more comfort during the laboring process...I recommend Genesis Birthing and Living to ANYONE because...Shayla was able to support me from hundreds of miles away. Her passion and zeal are unmatched. You will not find a better doula than Shayla!"

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Candace Carter

"I enjoyed my experience with Genesis Birthing and Living and with Shayla as my doula. She helped solidify my confidence for the natural labor I wanted and instilled in me that 'labor is not a medical emergency'. I took her words into labor with me and gave birth in the hospital to my first son naturally."

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Ariel Brabble

"My husband and I really enjoyed having Shayla as our Doula. I was induced and labor was rough! However, Shayla's vigilance over us and her advocacy for us in the hospital helped us to bring our 1st baby girl into the world vaginally and without incident. We absolutely could not have done it without her." 

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We work hard to make this course practicable and valuable to our students. Please email all your concerns to [email protected] with subject line "SCS CONCERNS", and we will strive to respond to all inquiries within 48 hours. Due to the nature of digital products, all payments are completely nonrefundable.

My doctor wants to schedule a C-Section because I have preeclampsia. Will this course help me avoid a C-Section?

This course is for low-risk mothers looking to avoid unplanned C-Section during labor.

If your or your client's pregnancy involves any of the following (resulting in a scheduled C-Section), this might not be the course for you:

  • Fibroids or tumors
  • Preeclampsia
  • HELLP Syndrome
  • Placenta Acreeta
  • Placenta Previa
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction
  • Any other pre-existing conditions that concern you or your provider

What does "low-risk" mean?

A low-risk pregnancy is when a mother has no pre-existing medical conditions, is not having multiples, and is within a healthy weight/age range. The mother and baby are deemed healthy by their physician, and there are no risks involving labor.

Stop C-Section From Happening to You.