Shelby Robertson started working at Burdett Birth Center (BBC) as a registered nurse (RN) in labor and delivery. Now, she is very excited to be back at BBC and working alongside the wonderful midwives of Capital Region Midwifery. For Robertson, the field of healthcare, specifically nursing, provides extensive opportunities to help others at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. “It is both humbling and an honor to provide care at these moments,” she says.
Robertson is very passionate about working with families during their prenatal care, labor, and birth to create a focus on the family unit. In addition, she enjoys educating teens regarding healthy lifestyle, nutrition, and safe sex practices to foster strength and confidence. When asked about what she enjoys most about her role today as a CNM at Burdett Birth Center, she responds by talking about what she finds most rewarding, “I love the opportunity to meet a woman and her family at a preconception appointment, or when she first finds out that she’s pregnant, and walk alongside them through their journey to parenthood.”
When choosing a birth center, Robertson recommends that expectant moms know the type of birthing options in their area and see what is the best fit for the birth they are hoping for. “We are fortunate here in the Capital Region to have many options to fit what families are looking for,” she says. She mentions that BBC is a good choice for women because we provide wonderfully supportive staff, experienced physicians and midwives, beautiful birthing rooms, hydrotherapy, and much more.
When Shelby Robertson is not caring for mothers-to-be or educating teens regarding best practices for their health and well-being, she is a parent to two children. Her sweet and energetic seven-year-old son loves to build and makes her living room into an obstacle course. Her sweet five-year-old daughter keeps her on our toes and laughing. “The prenatal care and delivery of my son helped me to find the midwifery model of care and shaped the midwife I was to become,” she shares. “My second birth was everything I had hoped for and helped me regain strength and be an active participant in the birthing process.”
This profile is part of a series of blog articles about the doctors, midwives, nurses and other providers at Burdett Birth Center. We hope it helps you get to know us a little better.