Meet Our Instructors

08202014_p.brennan 007 crop webPatty Brennan, Director/Owner of the Center for the Childbearing Year has been an advocate for childbearing families for nearly 35 years as a childbirth educator, doula, midwife and program visionary. She is the founder of two nonprofit community-based volunteer doula programs in Michigan. Patty is the author of The Doula Business Guide and The Doula Business Guide Workbook. She is an approved birth and postpartum doula trainer through DONA International and is the primary instructor for the Center’s professional training and business development programs. In addition, Patty is the creator of the Center’s comprehensive selection of multi-media online childbirth classes.


Barbara RobertsonBarbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, has been involved in education for over twenty years and holds a Masters degree in Education. After her children were born, Barbara became a La Leche League leader and board-certified lactation consultant. She established The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor (located onsite at the Center) in early 2008 and serves as its director. Barbara teaches breastfeeding classes for parents, runs support groups, trains professionals and is in private practice as a lactation consultant. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can. Barbara teaches our Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas professional training and assists with the Postpartum Doula Workshop.