Meet A Mom Feature: Emmy Robbin: Local Doula, Actress - Hill Country Moms

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Emmy Robbin-Mother, Doula, Actress,
With her skill and natural superpower of intuition, Emmy has always been able to tap into what was needed for each client. As a massage therapist, certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and advanced lactation counselor, her knowledge of the human body and the physiological design is extensive. Growing up with her mother running a home daycare, she was destined to be working with babies. She prides herself on always being an advocate for body autonomy, and she continues to use her voice for pregnant and laboring mothers all over the world. Having a home birth (HBAC) with her 2nd daughter after a traumatic and preventable emergency cesarean with her first daughter, she is very passionate about helping prevent birth trauma and helping mothers have a true redemptive and trauma free birth. She has been featured on national TV shows, podcasts, and national radio sharing her wisdom and education in hopes to stop medical bullying and help couples learn how to be an active participant in their own birth experience. Emmy offers Somatic Birth Empowerment Training online and in person, which l focuses on healing sexual, ancestral, or birth trauma stored in the body in order to fully release and experience an empowering first time or redemptive birth. Check out her podcast Empowered Birth, Love and Life on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. She is also a singer and actress. You can catch her in her role as Jane Walinski in the film Protocol 7, and Andy Wakefield film releasing this summer.

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I grew up in Dripping Springs believe it or not! I attended elementary school in Austin and then went to middle school and high school in Dripping Springs. I have been here since I was 5 years old. We moved here from Maryland because my mother wanted to “live in the country”. I have been here for 36 years.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I was the 1st person to make it to Hollywood TWICE on American Idol. Season 1 and Season 2. Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson had to decide if they let someone even have the opportunity to go back again and I opened that door I guess! Ha! Season 1 I made it all the way to the “3 rooms” and I was ultimately in the room that got cut. Season 2 I made it to groups round in Hollywood and was cut. That was a super fun experience both times!

What are some of your favorite things about the Texas Hill Country?
At night you can go outside and actually see the stars because there isn’t so much light pollution. I love how many of the mamas that live in the hill country also live more of a “crunchy” lifestyle.

Please tell us about your business!
My personal business as a doula I have clients that hire me to help them in their home birth. I also have an Empowered Birth Workshop that helps empower mothers on their upcoming birth. As an actress I have a few more projects in the works for 2024 that I am very excited about as well.

Why did you start it and how did you know this is what you wanted to do?
For acting, this is something I have been doing since I was a little girl. Performing was my way of communicating with the world around me. I would often get in trouble for being the class clown or trying to get attention when I would feel bored. I am so grateful I had a mother who fostered this and pulled me out of school and allowed me to go after my dreams.

For my doula/Childbirth education/ lactation counselor work, I began this when I became pregnant with my 1st daughter. Her completely avoidable traumatic birth taught me so much and made me a fierce advocate for mothers. I went to massage therapy school at 19 years old and was a life coach to many of my friends throughout my 20s. It was almost like I would live a double life. Actress and performer but also healer and advocate. It wasn’t until 2020 when productions were requiring a vaccination status just to audition for projects that I fully stepped away from performing and into my new role as birth keeper and educator. I am a firm believer in medical freedom and body autonomy. The Hollywood industry was not very supportive with my desire to live holistically.

What’s one thing you wish more people knew?
You can manifest anything you desire by praying about it AND believing it has already happened. There is so much power in the mind.

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I love how the community is growing and women are going back to the village mentality. I have been so blessed to work with so many women in this community who have helped my personal business build by word of mouth and referrals. In fact I landed an audition for Protocol 7 by a referral to the director from a mother I helped with her breastfeeding journey.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
My home birth with my 2nd daughter. I was 41 years old, an HBAC (home birth after c section), and had assembled the most incredible team around me to support my dream. When I held her for the first time it was magic. Also my podcast Empowered Birth, Love and Life. Both of those are pretty big accomplishments in my mind.

What was your biggest failure?
I don’t believe in failure. I believe that everything we encounter in life is put in our path to teach us and help us grow. We become stronger and better humans as we recognize this. I could have seen my 1st birth with my daughter as a “failure”, but it made me the educator and advocate I am today which has helped so many women. So I see that birth as a beautiful blessing. It allowed me to learn to fully trust my body and teach others to do the same.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
I always joke around and say I want to be the Tony Robins of Doulas. I love acting. I love public speaking. I love educating and empowering. My hope is that I can amplify my voice of advocacy for medical autonomy through my work and incredible opportunities like the role I received in Protocol 7.

If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be
You are not a trouble maker. You are not a disruptor. You have energy that will be put to good use some day. Continue to be brave and stand up for the underdog. Continue to listen to your body and not comply with “Orders”. Some day that which got you in trouble at school, will actually be your strength. I’m sure I would have been diagnosed with ADHD if that was a thing in the 80s. Ha!

 

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