- Teresa Robertson
Teresa Robertson, BFA, CD (DONA), is a Perinatal Loss Support Doula, serving families before, during, and after experiencing pregnancy or infant loss. She is honored to become an Ambassador with Count the Kicks in an effort to encourage birthing individuals to recognize signs of fetal distress and empower them to take action towards a positive birth outcome.
After hearing of Count the Kicks for several years, Teresa realized how important this proactive app was once she had the opportunity to listen to the training and learn of the evidence supporting it.
“I knew of the concept, but didn’t realize how much data and evidence had been invested into this app. There was no second-guessing; it was clear every birth family needed access to this resource. The hard work has been done — if simply spreading the word is all we need to do to alleviate a portion of stillbirths, I can’t imagine not being an Ambassador.”
Teresa began her birth work journey more than eight years ago when she started specializing in newborn studio photography. Shortly after, she began volunteering in hospitals with an organization that allowed her to begin serving families experiencing miscarriage and stillbirth.
After encouragement from labor and delivery staff, midwives, families, and colleagues, Teresa began serving as a birth doula after receiving training from DONA International, along with multiple studies and certifications in Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support.
Independently, Teresa is proud to have volunteered her time and resources to create the booklet ‘UnExpected: A Resource Guide for O‘ahu Families Facing Perinatal Loss,’ in addition to a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resource binder complementarity distributed to the medical community. She also holds a monthly gathering for birth professionals to educate, process, and support one another in their pregnancy and infant loss work.
In the community, Teresa has actively served with organizations such as Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai‘i, Community Based Doula Project, Birth Professionals of O‘ahu, CoronaCare Hawai‘i, Planned Parenthood, the Queen’s Court, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, co-collaborate the annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Walk, and pounding kapa for the Native Hawaiian iwi (bones).
In addition to Count the Kicks, Teresa is a Luminary with Return to Zero: Hope, PAIL(Advocate), and anticipates becoming an official trainer with Birth, Breath, and Death by the end of 2022.Back to Ambassadors