As a busy mother of eight and author of many pregnancy and parenting books, it’s easy to see why I say that pregnancy is my life! Professionally and personally, and I’ve got the stretch marks to prove it. I love to share my passion for normal birth with others, both in the classroom and on the web. My goal is to use my knowledge and experience to teach in a fun and exciting manner.
Robin Elise Weiss, PhD, MPH, CLC, AdvCD(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, is the author of The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion, 150 Tips and Tricks for New Moms, The About.com Guide to Having a Baby, The Guarantee the Sex of Your Baby, The About.com Guide to Baby Care, The Everything New Mother’s First Year, The Joy of Pregnant Sex, The Everything Pregnancy Fitness Book, The Everything Getting Pregnant Book and The Everything Guide to Raising Adolescent Boys. She is also the author of over 3,000 articles published on the web, including being the guide at About.com’s Pregnancy/Birth site, and several articles appearing in magazines. In addition, Robin lectures on pregnancy, childbirth and related topics to doctors, midwives, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas (professional pregnancy/labor coaches) and consumers across the country. She is also the winner of Lamaze International’s prestigious Elisabeth Bing Award for outstanding contribution to childbirth on a national level and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) Forum Award and the Lamaze International’s President’s Award for her work with The Birth Survey. She is also a member of the Birth Care Network Board of Directors that was honored with the Normal Birth Advocate Award by Lamaze.
The author and her work have appeared on numerous radio and television shows, and in publications such as Newsweek, Working Mother, the New York Times, Yahoo Internet Life, American Baby, Our Bodies, Ourselves, childbirth instructor, Baby Talk, Internet World and others.
Robin has been involved with birth since 1989, teaching and attending 1,500 couples as a childbirth educator or doula in hospital births, home births and birth centers around the country. She has personally trained hundreds of women to be professional doulas as well. With her personal and professional knowledge of labor and birth she is uniquely qualified to talk about pregnancy from a diverse collection of experiences with her own unique style.
As the mother of eight children, Robin takes her work as a childbirth educator seriously, understanding the importance of birth and parenting to the lives of children. She also believes that having been a mother and a doula helps her stay in touch with the realities facing pregnant women and mothers today.
Being a dynamic educator is something that is important to Robin, so she’s also proud to be a childbirth education trainer for Passion for Birth, a Lamaze International affiliated organization that trains new childbirth educators. She is a member of the Lamaze International Board of Directors, the Lamaze Normal Birth Institute, and the past chairperson for the Lamaze International Birth Networks Committee, Past and Founder President of the Board of Directors for the Birthcare Network, past President and Vice-President of the Louisville Mothers of Twins Club, and is a past Director of Publications for the Kentucky Childbirth Education Association.