Phone: (914) 815-6723
Birth Fee: Not specified
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Fee Details: My fee includes: * Free initial interview * You may borrow any of my birthing books or DVDs * Ongoing text, e-mail, and phone support from the signing of our contract * In-home prenatal visit with your and your partner to discuss plans for your birth * On-call 24/7 from week 38 until your baby is born * My undivided attention during your labor and birth providing you and your partner with physical comfort measures so you can focus on your baby's birth * One in-home postpartum visit (if desired; can be done by phone or FaceTime if preferred), and recommendations for breastfeeding support if needed
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 105 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 4 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smoking households, please.
* Member of the Hudson Valley Birth Network * Preferred birth and postpartum doula of HypnoBirthing Connecticut (hypnobirthingct.com) and Life after Birth.
Languages spoken: English
Robin supported us through the birth of our second daughter in all the ways we needed and didn’t know to ask for. She expertly balanced professionalism and warmth while getting to know our family. Throughout my pregnancy, Robin provided useful information, resources, and timely emotional support. Her support helped me feel empowered to make decisions that ultimately led to a meaningful and joyful birth. My first birth felt scary and out of my control. It was followed by a long, painful recovery period. With Robin’s support, my second birth was like a dream come true. I felt grounded, confident, and powerful. I wish all birthing women the birth experience that Robin helped us create.
Robin turned a c-section that I initially found upsetting and scary into a positive birth experience, and I will always be grateful for that.
I had intended and hoped to have the same sort of natural, unmedicated birth for my second baby as I had for my daughter four years before. The baby, however, had other ideas. He was breech, and stayed that way from 32 weeks onward. When I first got the news, I spoke to Robin, and she gave me all sorts of ideas for ways to try to turn him. She was also very helpful in working with me to come up with questions for my doctor and to understand my options. Robin functioned in large part as a therapist for me the last month or so, as I worked through my feelings about a likely c-section. She helped me to prepare for the surgery and recovery, as well as to deal with my emotions. She was always available as a sounding board whenever I needed her, whether by text, phone, or email.
When Robin joined my husband and me at the hospital once I went into labor, she was great at working with the nurses and using massage and other techniques to keep me comfortable. Most important, she helped focus me on the amazing birth that was about to happen. Her "this is your birth" mantra replaced my natural birth mantras, and helped me appreciate every moment of my birth experience. She helped me to feel centered and empowered in a situation in which I had in earlier weeks felt very anxious and out of control. Having her there made my son's birth an experience I now treasure and look back on with love and amazement, rather than the fear I initially felt.
Having Robin with us during my daughter’s birth was one of the best decisions that my husband and I made. She is professional, caring and extremely knowledgeable. Robin was such a calming presence and provided comfort to me at a time when I needed it most. This is our second child, and we did not have a doula with us the first time around. I honestly wish we had known Robin back then. We would have hired her in a heartbeat!
I hired Robin to assist me and my husband with the birth of our fifth child at Greenwich Hospital. We had our first two children with a midwife and doula in Brooklyn and the following births involved international moves, unknown hospitals and doctors, and epidurals...including one that went awry with baby #4. I knew that I wanted to return to a natural childbirth process (even with an OB, even at Greenwich!) and that having a doula was critical to that process. We are experienced birthers and parents, yet we deeply appreciate and value the presence of a knowledgable, calm, supportive person in labor---and that was Robin. Her energy is warm, present, non-judgmental and open. She wants to do whatever you think will work for you, and she comes with a full range of pain management techniques, calming words, effective laboring positions, and ways to engage you and your birth partner to achieve the best birth possible under whatever circumstances present themselves. I was over a week past due and finally went into Greenwich to have my water broken (my choice). While we thought labor would begin immediately, contractions were not coming regularly. I was highly discouraged after two hours and Robin and my husband helped me see that having a very low dose of pitocin would kickstart my labor. There was never any pressure or judgment, just encouragement and support. When labor did come on quickly, I stayed on my birth ball, listened to positive birth affirmations (I had done months of meditation and visualization preparing for this birth...the commitment paid off.), vocalized, and focused on breathing. Robin was at my side, helping me, helping my husband to help me (heat packs, cold compresses, etc. I went from 5cm to delivery in about 40 minutes and Robin never left my side. I remember so clearly how I gripped her hand through the intense few pushes that brought our 9lb, 10oz baby into the world! Robin helped us have a truly beautiful birth experience.
When I first became pregnant, I decided I wanted to have doula support in order to help achieve a natural birth (if possible) and avoid unnecessary medical intervention. Being over 40, I was worried about all the tests and monitoring leading to induction and potentially a c-section.
When my husband and I met Robin, we loved her enthusiasm for childbirth in general and well versed knowledge of the latest medical studies and research. It was obvious that she loves what she does and makes sure to learn everything she can on the subject of birth, rather than subscribing to a particular niche element. We also loved her calm demeanor and hoped that would help us navigate the uncharted territory of labor and birth with ease and confidence.
When I finally went into active labor after a week of start and stop contractions, Robin came over and gently took the helm. I honestly don't know how I could have done it without her. Her presence eased my husband's anxieties and gave me something to focus on. She guided me through contraction after contraction—from massage, rocking my hips, instructing me to get in the shower, sit on the toilet, etc.—until finally it was time to go to the hospital. When we arrived, I was already 8 cm dialated! At that point it was too late for pain meds and almost time to push. Unfortunately I was pushing for several hours but Robin and my husband were the dream team—holding me and cheering me through the entire event. I am truly grateful that we had Robin to help us achieve a wonderful and completely natural childbirth, at 43 years old to boot. As my husband says, I got to have my “organic baby,” and she is amazing and beautiful.
I had a wonderful experience with Robin Jones Tropiano as my birth doula. I did not use a doula for either of my previous births, both of which involved pitocin augmentation. Despite taking standard childbirth and hypnobirthing classes and attempting to use those techniques in labor, I never progressed beyond 4cm in either labor before feeling overwhelmed by fear and pain and requesting an epidural. For my third and last baby I was hopeful that more active labor support would help me progress without intervention. My pregnancy was monitored for growth restriction, and there was always a possibility of the pregnancy ending in an induction where I would have required pitocin and constant monitoring. I sought a doula who would provide non-judgmental support in this circumstance, and I appreciated Robin's pragmatic approach.
I was relieved to go into labor naturally and be able to labor at home for as long as possible. Robin was calm and encouraging throughout my labor, both at home and in the hospital. She helped me find positions keep my baby moving down and gently reminded me to keep my energy up by eating and drinking. When we arrived at the hospital, I was 5cm and felt great. As I progressed further and began to panic, Robin provided more active support and kept me calm and confident about continuing labor without an epidural. I was amazed when I reached 8.5cm and felt totally prepared to finish my labor naturally.
Robin continued to provide wonderful support as I labored in this state for another four hours without progressing further. I was aware that my medical team began to talk about a c-section and I opted to get an epidural in order to relax and hopefully avoid surgery. Robin was totally supportive of this, and I was able to deliver soon after getting the epidural. I feel very satisfied with my birth experience. I know I put my very best effort into laboring naturally and I couldn't have done it without Robin!
Robin's ability to listen deeply, tailor her work to meet our needs, and gentle guidance made her a tremendously effective consultant. On the day of delivery, Robin brought great energy, awesome pain management strategies, thoughtfulness, and a tremendous endurance that made it easy to lean on her. We felt reassured and comfortable because she was there shepparding us through the process. I am so grateful!
I knew I wanted Robin to be my doula when I met her in person. She was calm and caring, but also confident- qualities I knew would be essential for me and my husband during my pregnancy and labor. Robin was constantly available for support throughout my pregnancy, answering questions and pointing me toward resources. When I found out I was Strep B positive I became discouraged but Robin was very reassuring that, though the game plan needed to change, we could still achieve my goal of an unmedicated birth. When my OB began talking induction when I went past my due date, Robin suggested I also try acupuncture and gave me a name. My water broke naturally at the acupuncturist’s office after the second appointment. Robin was by my side throughout labor and, when I opted for an epidural, she assured me that she believed I could finish unmedicated but stayed supportive and non-judgemental. My most treasured moment with Robin was also my first treasured moment with my daughter- when Robin helped her to latch for the first time moments after she was born.
I knew that I wanted a very special home birth experience, to call upon my body to labor naturally with limited interference, only loving support from my husband and a circle of other women who have blazed the trail before me. Robin was one of those very special women who labored with me, guided and reassured me during every step of the way. She provided the soothing presence I needed and worked tirelessly with my midwives to keep me strong, energized and confident throughout each stage of labor. While my birth story began as textbook labor, it quite unexpectedly turned into an epic tale of unbelievable events, determination, and finally the safe arrival of my son via cesarean. Although he did not come out the way I had wished, I am deeply grateful to have experienced 22 hours of natural labor with Robin’s invaluable support as my labor sherpa.
Anticipating the arrival of my baby girl, I knew that in addition to my wonderful husband, I wanted a doula to assist my birth. We got very lucky when we found Robin!I gave birth at Greenwich Hospital but was considering other options due to fear. I wanted to have a natural birth so, hearing about the high c-section rate at Greenwich Hospital scared me. I decided that because I had a healthy, risk free pregnancy, and a doula, I was going to give birth at Greenwich Hospital and trust that I made the right choice.Robin was the only doula in the area that supported my decision to birth at Greenwich Hospital. She had a really positive outlook, was realistic about possibilities but not narrow minded. We talked about my desire to have a natural birth and how I was not attached to that if I changed my mind. Robin was so reassuring; reminding me that she is there as my advocate.It was midnight when I went into labor and Robin came to my house shortly thereafter. My husband, Robin and I all got along as if we had known each other forever. Robin’s confidence and warm presence put me at ease. I went through grueling labor knowing that my baby would be born soon. After 31 hours of labor and no epidural, Harley was born!Robin stood by my side all 31 hours plus the time after to help with nursing. She knew her boundries and never quit her efforts to comfort me. My husband and I can’t say enough about how incredible Robin was as our doula. She has a special gift. Any woman would be lucky to have Robin by her side helping with the most extraordinary time in a woman’s life.
I was not even considering hiring a doula, when at 34 weeks, I decided to switch my OB. Frantic to find a new doctor, I blindly called doulas in the area hoping one could recommend a new OB. From the moment I began speaking with Robin I was impressed. i hung up the phone calm, with a new plan and a recommendation for an OB practlce I love. I ended up calling back because in one conversation with Robin I became a believer in doulas.
I had a long labor (over 24 hours) and ultimately needed an unplanned c-section. That being said, I had an extremely positive birth experience because of Robin's techniques, guidance and respect for my husband and my wishes. I was able to delay medication and handle labor when the medication stopped being effective because of Robin's coaching. When I ultimately decided it was time to consent to a c-section I had no doubt it was necessary and felt no regret. Robin was there the entire time, encouraging me, making sure that I understood what was going on and that I was comfortable with my decisions. I felt empowered, even when events (and the pain) started picking up.
Afterward, my OB and L&D nurse checked on me in recovery and told me how impressed they were with Robin and asked for her information to pass on to patients. I have no doubt that Robin would be a source of comfort and strength no matter what type of birth is planned and what surprises labor actually brings.
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