“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers — strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” — Barbara Katz Rothman, Ph.D.
Welcome, and I’m so glad you found me here! As the Covid-19 virus continues to impact hospital/birth center policy here in Westchester and Fairfield counties, whenever in-person doula support is not possible, I will offer to provide labor and birth support via phone, text, or Zoom.
I hope I can answer some questions you may have about birth 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 2011) by DONA International, I am familiar with both HypnoBirthing* and Spinning Babies (optimal fetal positioning) techniques. My postpartum training includes extensive breastfeeding support techniques, and was done with Newborn Mothers, based in Australia.
My two very different births taught me to trust my instincts and my body. 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: in the hospital, at a birth center, or a home; with an obstetrician or certified midwife; with epidural support, or non-medicated. My role as your doula is to support your decisions, and help you have the birth you want that is as positive as possible.
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 the drug Pitocin, a synthetic version of the same hormone your own brain creates to cause contractions. When administered judiciously, Pitocin combined with good 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 last 10 years, I have been honored to serve as a birth doula for more than 100 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.
With a professional background in communications, I am low-key, calm, and 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’s support 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 birth (and postpartum) 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.
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.
Robin Jones-Tropiano, CD(DONA); trained in postpartum by Newborn Mothers (Australia)
firstname.lastname@example.org; 914.815.6723 (text & phone)