Robin Sale, CHT, CMT is a holistic childbirth educator, hypnotherapist
and yoga instructor who has specialized in childbirth preparation since
1978. She is the director of Whole Birth Resources and her Whole Birth®
Prenatal Yoga teacher certification training has attracted childbirth
educators, midwives, nurses, doulas and yoga instructors from across the
U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe who have brought the Whole Birth Yoga
and Support classes to their own communities.
She is a regular lecturer for the Birthwise doula certification training
at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. and has been
a featured speaker at the Women's Wisdom Conference (sponsored by Catholic
Healthcare West), The Alliance for the Transformation of Children Summit,
Birthing the Future Symposium and MANA (Midwives' Alliance of North America)
conference. She is a member of CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional
Association), a founding board member of Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
and is on the professional advisory board for Birthing the Future.
In 1980, Robin also began to attend births as a labor assistant at home and in the hospital. And after giving birth to her son Aaron in 1985, Robin began attending births as a midwifery assistant with a local nurse-midwife.
In 1987, Robin started teach prenatal yoga and support classes through
the Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital Education Center -blending her long-time
practice of yoga with her growing knowledge of the needs of women during
pregnancy. These popular weekly classes have been a staple of the Santa
Cruz birth community. Over two thousand women have attended; many have
repeated the six-week series throughout the course of their pregnancies
and have returned for their 2nd, and 3rd pregnancies.
Between 1995 and 2000, Robin attended annual professional trainings with
Jon Kabat-Zinn Ph.D., best selling author and founder of the
In 1999 Robin began offering the Whole Birth Yoga Teacher Training. There are now over a hundred Whole Birth Yoga and Support Classes being offered weekly around the world.
Robin's growing understanding of how yoga and mindfulness practice assist
in managing pain in labor as well as contributing to emotional, physical
and spiritual wellness in pregnancy, birth and parenting is her gift to
childbirth and parenting education. She and her husband, Saladin, live
in Santa Cruz, California and are the lucky parents to Aaron, now 24!
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