“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! I support women and their partners at home births, birth centers and hospitals throughout Westchester County, New York and Western Connecticut, and also offer my support at home as a postpartum doula after the birth. 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 trained and certified in advanced postpartum support by Newborn Mothers, and recommended by Cynthia Overgard (HypnoBirthing and Life after Birth) in Westport, CT. I am familiar with both HypnoBirthing* and Mind + Body Birth** techniques.
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: 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 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 past 7 years, I have been honored to serve as a birth and postpartum doula for nearly 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. 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 at the top right corner of this page where you will then be able to click on a link to my availability calendar.
Robin Jones-Tropiano, CD(DONA); CPD (Newborn Mothers)
firstname.lastname@example.org; 914.815.6723 (text & phone)
*hypnobirthingct.com, lifeafterbirthct.com, **mindplusbodybirth.com