Profile of a Pregnancy, Follow-up: Q and A with Robin

Profile of a Pregnancy, Follow-up: Q and A with Robin
Dr. Phil tackles common decisions couples face during the roller coaster ride of pregnancy.
Robin sits down with Shannon to have a talk, mom to mom-to-be. "What was your and Dr. Phil's relationship like when you were pregnant?" asks Shannon.

"The day I found out I was pregnant with Jay, it was very important to both of us that I not only embrace this role of being a mother, but that I continue to embrace the role as wife," says Robin. "We were totally prepared for the pregnancy and really excited about it. I really believe that I was put on this earth to be their mother and be Phillip's wife. When I found out I was pregnant it was like I had finally arrived at the place that I was supposed to be."

Shannon asks Robin what her opinions are about having an epidural.

"I definitely believe that is a personal choice. And I for one did not want to have my baby naturally. We were both very, very nervous about the actual process of giving birth. Phillip was also very nervous about actually going in and seeing me in any kind of pain," says Robin.

"Were there any kinds of things you created when you're kids were born?" asks Shannon.

"I am really, really into tradition," says Robin. "It's very important to me because the day both my boys were born, my legacy as a mother started. And I wanted my legacy for them to be one of love and support." Robin explains some of the traditions she started with her family. "For holidays, I would decorate their bedrooms. I just really wanted those boys to always look back and remember everything with joy and love and warmth."

Another tradition Robin liked to do: "When I first had both boys, I would always get the baby out of the bed, I would warm the bottle, I would put one CD on every morning, and I would sit there with him and feed him the bottle, and talk about my life and his new life and tell him about all of our relatives," says Robin. "I wanted him to hear my voice, hear the music and hear the words spoken to him of family members that would love him the rest of his life."
Robin reveals what their plans were as parents. "We made it a point to say, 'We're going to have fun being parents. We're going to be a fun family.' It's just always been important to me to know that I am responsible for creating their character, and everything about them," says Robin.

"It's a real privilege to me that I'm allowed to be their mother and I think that any woman who is able to have a child should realize what a privilege it is and how special it is." Another tradition they started as parents was interviewing their sons every Christmas Eve about what their year was like. Dr. Phil and Robin share some never-before-seen home videos.

Dr. Phil (offscreen): What else happened this year that was special?

Jay: Having a little brother. I got a new brother.

Dr. Phil: Tell us about him.

Jay: He eats a bunch ... a little pig. But he's a good little brother.

Dr. Phil: How old is he?

Jay: Two months old. And he sticks his tongue out a bunch.

Dr. Phil: Would you rather have him or a hamster?

Jay: Ummmmm.... both.

One home video clip shows Jordan describing his Christmas presents, and in another clip, Robin, Dr. Phil and Jordan talk about their year.

Robin: What's been good about your year?

Dr. Phil:
Well, it's just been a good year. Everybody's doing good. Everybody's healthy and happy and it's just been a good year.

As part of her one-on-one with Shannon, Robin shows her some safety gadgets to baby-proof their home:

Toilet locks: 600 kids die in bathroom related incidents each year.

Drawer latches: Keeps children from getting their hands in drawers or pulling drawers out.

Socket guards: Prevents children from sticking anything in it.

Table edge pads: Protects children if they run into a table or fall.

Stairway gates:
Keeps babies from crawling up or down stairs.

Also, Robin explains two household hazards some people may not be aware of:

Drycleaning wrap: It's a suffocation hazard. Robin ties it in knots before throwing it away.

Balloons: They are a choking hazard. They can pop and the pieces can get lodged in the baby's throat.