This is the third post in our blog series, Meet our OBs. We hope you can get to know our physicians on a more personal level so that you can choose the best fit for you and your family.
Dr. Robinson-Brown graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and then completed her internship and residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. She has been married for over 20 years and has two sons – a sophomore in high school and a junior in college.
Dr. Robinson-Brown – why did you get into medicine, and, more specifically, why did you choose obstetrics?
Growing up I saw first-hand how limited healthcare affected the lives of many in my community. My interest was sparked early in life. Born premature weighing only 2lbs and 12 oz, since childhood I yearned for the knowledge to understand the circumstances of my birth. While in college, I became involved in the Health Professions Club which allowed me to participate in the Med-Dent Start program. Through this program I was able to witness various surgeries, the birth of a child and the sorrow and loss brought on by the death of a patient. These early experiences increased my desire to pursue Obstetrics and Gynecology.
What is one thing you wish every expecting mom would do or know?
Seek prenatal care early in your pregnancy. Do not assume that because you have had one pregnancy that the next pregnancy will be exactly the same. Every pregnancy will be different and may require different treatment based on your medical condition for that current pregnancy.
What kind of reassurance can you provide to first time moms to be?
Know that your doctor is there to help guide you through your pregnancy process. Do not be afraid to ask questions about what is happening with your changing body. Sometimes the questions you ask may be important to the care or management your doctor is providing.
What is your best advice for someone who’s thinking about becoming pregnant?
Again start prenatal care early. You may want to see your physician for a pre-pregnancy counseling and examination. During that visit you can discuss current medications, health issues, substance use, daily habits and family illness that may affect your pregnancy.
What’s your best encouragement for someone who is having trouble conceiving?
Do not give up too early on trying to conceive. The process may be longer than expected. Also do not let your disappointments and frustrations cause stress in your relationship. Early intervention is important. Female age is an important factor when planning for a pregnancy. Females 35 and older need to seek care with a healthcare professional to start the evaluation process as soon as possible. Both partners should be involved and will require a medical evaluation to identify the cause.
How has having children influenced the way you practice medicine or interact with your patients?
Having children allowed me to be able to relate to the discomforts that often occur in pregnancy. Often I am able to incorporate personal accounts and helpful tips from my own experiences to help my patients cope and adjust to each situation.
What new advancements in technology or medication are you most excited about?
I am excited about the new advances in minimally invasive surgery such as robotic surgery, hysteroscopic removal of fibroids and polyps from the uterine cavity, endometrial ablation for bleeding and hysteroscopic sterilization techniques that allow patients to return to their busy schedules if required.
What do you do in your free time?
During my time away from the office, I am an avid foodie and I love to cook. I love to sing and I enjoy various styles of music. I also enjoy traveling with my family, going to movies, bowling and participating in the W.O.W. (Women of Worship) Choir.