I discovered my passion for the birth and postpartum world after my pregnancy and the arrival of my daughter, Violet, in 2015. I decided then that I wanted to support other women on their journey to motherhood. My husband’s job brought us to Oregon in early 2016. A time of discovery followed whereupon I decided to close my vegan baking company and follow my new found passion and career path.
In Fall 2016, I enrolled in the Postpartum Doula training at Birthingway College of Midwifery and finished certification in June 2017.
When I was pregnant, my friend and doula recommended Hypnobabies. Even after my birth plan went awry, Hypnobabies still helped me so much through my birthing time. After my experience, I knew I wanted to bring this amazing childbirth education series to other expecting families. I completed the Instructor training in April 2017, following with certification in July 2017. I am currently the only practicing Hypnobabies instructor in the state of Oregon.
In addition to doula work and Hypnobabies classes, I am also a student of Lactation at Portland State University. I plan to sit for my IBLCE (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) exam in the Fall of 2019, at which time I will be able to offer lactation services. I also volunteer my time as a Peer Counselor and the Member Education Coordinator with The Nursing Mother’s Counsel of Oregon, a local non-profit providing breastfeeding support to moms; as a Peer Counselor and Support Group Facilitator with Baby Blues Connection, providing support to families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders in the Portland-metro area; and as a co-leader for the Portland chapter of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network), a non-profit whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
I feel so lucky to have found a profession that empowers women on their journey to motherhood, helping them find their voice and make informed decisions so that they have a positive birth experience. On days off, you will likely find me browsing the farmers market, chasing after my toddler, exploring nature, laughing with friends, dancing to live music, wine-tasting, and enjoying my new home in the Pacific Northwest with my husband Stephen, daughter Violet, and rescue pup Roscoe.
Robin Nunez, CPD, HCHI