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Meet Midwife Robin!

My name is Robin Rabenschlag. Aside from being a midwife, I am the mother of six beautiful children – five girls and one boy – ranging in age from 34 to 24. My youngest are identical twin girls. I am a very proud grandmother ("Oma") of twelve, too! I have multiple degrees in the sciences, have attended nursing school and I completed my midwifery training with the Association of Texas Midwives Midwifery Training Program after beginning my midwifery education in Germany. I was an educator for a local college, mostly Anatomy and Physiology, with my tenure ending in the summer of 2012. All the students I came into contact with there were fascinated that I am a midwife. I enjoyed taking that fascination and offering them the opportunity to learn about birth in a positive way. I have been a clinical preceptor for the ATM Midwifery Training Program since 2005 and was an active member of the ATM Education Committee from 2006 to 2014. I was also an academic instructor for ATMMTP during that time as well. I will be the new clinical director at the Westover Hills Birth Center- coming soon to the Sea World area of San Antonio! 

I knew at a very early age that I was destined to work with mothers and babies. I grew up being a caregiver. I was also very proactive in my mother's births, attending the earliest Lamaze classes and La Leche League meetings with her. At the young age of 19, I immigrated to Germany and this wonderful country became my home and birth place of all my children. My very first day in that country, my mother-in-law picked up my hands and said to me: "Du hast die Hände einer Hebamme!" Translated, that means: "You have the hands of a midwife!" That was the spark I needed to know what I would want to do the rest of my life. Germany taught me how childbirth should be - in the caring hands of a midwife.

It has been an incredible journey to where I am today. Throughout the years after returning to Texas in 1994, I was one of the original doulas and doula trainer in San Antonio and I have worked in local hospitals in nursing, as a childbirth and breastfeeding educator and staff doula. I have also worked in three other birth centers in San Antonio and I thrive in that atmosphere.

For many years, I have also focused my attention and knowledge on helping mothers of multiples and became nationally recognized for my work in multiple births. My business name Multiple Blessings originated from that work. Twin births have always been very dear to my heart and as a midwife, I offer mothers expecting this multiple blessing the opportunity to birth their babies naturally and safely with midwifery care.

Another area very near and dear to me is VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). As a woman who has experienced an emergency cesarean myself, I feel it is my duty, not just a passion, to help mothers who have endured a cesarean birth in the past to fulfill their dreams of having a safe, natural birth with their next babies.

I am also very proud to possess a skill that is a dying art in the obstetric world - breech birth. Mothers who find that their babies are "upside down" at the time of birth do NOT have to give up their plans and dreams of a normal, natural birth and agree to an automatic cesarean delivery. Under the right circumstances, most breech-positioned babies are fully capable of arriving earth-side as nature intended and I'm very honored to assist these unique births. 

As a firm believer in education and having the philosophy that training and learning never stop, it is my goal as a midwife and educator to help all families bring their children into this world in the safety and comfort of their own home because they have the knowledge to choose what is best for them. Over 950+ births later and working with well over 1200 families, I strive to be the best caregiver I can be. Birth is a blessed event and should be trusted just as we trust every breath we take. Allow me the humbling honor to help you bring your baby into the world.

Robin and her 12 grandchildren!