Bringing her two children into the world introduced Robin to the world of birth. Passionate to share her knowledge and experiences with others, her doula and childbirth educator journey began soon after.
Robin received her birth doula training initially in 2003 with ALACE (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators) and further training and certification through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2006, both under the mentorship of Birth Focus’ founder, Ilana Stein. She became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2012 and is a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Healthy Children Project, an educational program prominent in the field of evidence based breastfeeding. Her teaching resumé includes weekday and weekend childbirth education classes, breastfeeding and newborn care classes and workshops currently at NYU Langone Medical Center, Tribeca Pediatrics, privately, and formerly at Mount Sinai Hospital. She understands the importance of staying current and is passionate about keeping updated with accurate, evidence based information found in her favorite periodicals such as The Journal for Perinatal Education and websites including Science and Sensibility, the Cochrane library, Childbirth Connection, and Evidence Based Birth. Robin also frequently attends work shops and classes through Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (where she served on the board of directors as student member at large for 2 years), Lamaze International, the Healthy Children Project, and advanced doula training workshops led by Penny Simkin (co-founder of DONA).
She holds a degree in English Literature from Adelphi University and a Master's degree in Counseling from New York University. A native New Yorker (born in an ambulance in Queens during a snow storm!), she shares a life with her family on the island of Manhattan.
Understanding that normal healthy birth spans within a wide range, at the matrix of Robin’s support is her desire for her clients to be fully informed about their options, encouraging the kind of advocacy that opens the door to the best possible birthing experience.