Welcome, and I’m so glad you found me here! I support women and their partners at home births, birth centers and hospitals throughout Westchester and Fairfield. I hope I can answer some questions you may have about birth and postpartum doulas — what a doula does, and how I could help you during your labor and birth so you can birth with confidence, and have a positive, joyous postpartum experience once you are home.
Trained by the renowned doula Debra Pascali-Bonaro and certified (since 2012) by DONA International, I am also recommended by HypnoBirthing of Connecticut. The very different births of my two children inspired me to become a birth and postpartum doula following my twenty plus year career in arts administration and publishing.
My births taught me to trust my instincts and my body. My body (and baby) knew when and how to birth; I just had to trust myself and go with it. I am honored to help guide other women towards the same sort of birth experience: well-informed, well-supported, and as free of medical intervention as you desire.
I will support you in whatever choices you make for your birth: at home, at a birth center or hospital; with a midwife or obstetrician; non-medicated, or with epidural support. My role as your doula is to support your decisions, and help you have the birth you want.
Your choices are yours alone, and you know yourself best. Many times, I’ve witnessed the relief an epidural can give an exhausted laboring woman who needs a few hours of sleep to re-charge and prepare for pushing her baby into the world. The same with Pitocin, a synthetic version of the same hormone your own brain creates to cause contractions. It has a bad reputation, but when administered judiciously, being given Pitocin along with positive, helpful labor support can mean the difference between a vaginal birth, and a c-section. I believe that the key word when laboring is flexibility. Birth is unpredictable, and your choices may change based on the situation at hand. Give yourself (and your baby) the gift of accepting that labor and birth needs to be entered into with an open mind & heart.
Over the past 7 years, I have been honored to serve as a birth and postpartum doula for families whose births include: non-medicated, with an epidural, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean — commonly called a c-section), scheduled c-section, and emergency c-section. My clients will attest that it is just as valuable having a doula help with medicated or cesarean births as it is for non-medicated or “natural” births.
As a former mid-westerner with a professional background in communications, I am low-key, calm, clear, and very effective in helping laboring parents-to-be navigate their way around the unique often baffling world of the labor and delivery floor of a hospital. Good communication is critical when advocating for the kind of birth you want, and having a doula who can help advise you on how to respectfully communicate with medical staff is invaluable.
Please see my testimonials page to read reviews from past clients who have birthed in hospitals, birth centers, and at home throughout Westchester and Fairfield. Since the Fall of 2011, I have supported women birthing at the following hospitals and birth centers, as well as at home births with certified midwives including Journey to Birth located in Croton-on-Hudson, New York; and Circle of Life Midwifery in New Haven, Connecticut.
CONNECTICUT: Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center (Danbury), Danbury Hospital, Greenwich/Yale New Haven Hospital.
WESTCHESTER: New York-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, Northern Westchester Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital, White Plains Hospital
Also, check out my posts, and do let me know if you have questions! I look forward to hearing from you, and you’re welcome to contact me by email, phone, or text. If you are interested in booking me as your doula for either birth or postpartum support (or both), please click on my FB page link (above right) where you will then be able to click on a link to my availability calendar.
Robin Jones-Tropiano, CD(DONA) Postpartum Training with Newborn Mothers Collective