Robin Gibson-Douthit

Certified Birth Doula & Certified Childbirth Educator

The word 'doula' comes from ancient Greece and translated means 'servant'.  A doula is a woman experiences in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a birthing woman before, during and after her labor. 

me and my birth ball!

me and my birth ball!

I was introduced to the world of birth by my two children.  I had two very different birthing experiences, mainly due to the fact that I was not at all prepared for my first birth.  Not understanding what was happening inside my body while I was birthing made me fearful of each new feeling and sensation during my labor.  I knew that I wanted a better experience for my second birth and I began to learn as much as I could about pregnancy and birthing.

My husband and I read books about natural childbirth during my following pregnancy and we became excited about the idea that I could give birth without feeling afraid about what may happen.  I learned about different birthing positions I would be able to use for comfort during labor.  We practiced relaxation techniques and became familiar with the phases and stages of labor and what to expect within each stage.  Equipped with these powerful tools I gave birth naturally and fearlessly.  Passionate to share my knowledge and experiences with other pregnant women, my doula and childbirth education journey began.

I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and I received my birth doula training initially with ALACE (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators) and further training and certification through DONA (Doulas of North America).  I am a Lactation Counselor certified through the Healthy Children Project, an educational program prominent in the field of evidence based breastfeeding research and practice.  I teach childbirth education, breastfeeding and newborn care, and sibling classes at NYU Langone Medical Center, Tribeca Pediatrics, Birthday Presence, and privately.  I’ve had the pleasure of participating on the Pregnancy, Health, and Wellness panel and as a “Meet The Experts” speaker at the New York Baby Show for the past 2 years. I am currently on staff at the Brooklyn Birthing Center as a childbirth educator where I also support the midwives as a birthing assistant. I am honored to have been recently selected by Lamaze International to serve on their Board of Directors.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Adelphi University and a Master's degree in Counseling from New York University.  Manhattan is my home where I share a life with my family.       

It is my desire for pregnant women to be fully informed about their choices during their pregnancy and labor and to be able to advocate for themselves so they can experience the powerful beauty that happens when a woman allows her body to do what God created it to do.

Advanced Doula Training with Penny Simkin

Advanced Doula Training with Penny Simkin