Shayla Brown Shayla Brown, a Mississippi Delta native, is a wife, the mother of 6 boys, a Shafia Monroe certified doula, and an advocate for natural birthing options for Black women. S Experience Shayla has given birth naturally 5 times: once in a hospital, twice at home with midwives and doulas, and three times assisted by her husband. While Shayla acknowledges the obstacles against birthing Black women, she does not accept them because she has overcome enough of those obstacles to understand that with the help of God, the right knowledge, access to resources, and strong support systems, trauma-free birth is abundantly available for Black women. About Parents Parents, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for trustworthy, empathetic, and supportive information and inspiration for your families. We reach 9 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists, fact checked, and reviewed by our Expert Review Board for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.