The Delaware County Breastfeeding Coalition Presents Bringing Baby to Breast

Breastfeeding as a Foundation for a Healthy Community
Thursday, June 20, 2019
9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Chester City Hall, 1 E. 4th Street, Chester PA 19013

Keynote: Joia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG
Founder & President, the National Birth Equity Initiative

Dr. Crear-Perry is a thought leader around racism as a root cause of health inequities, speaker, trainer, advocate, policy expert, and fighter for justice.

Afternoon sessions include: 

Male Inclusion- Coaching the Coaches: Joel Austin, Daddy University Inc.
This unique and necessary session gives tools and techniques on how to engage and inform the “other half” to better the health outcomes for our infants and children. Our priority should be to educate each caretaker, if we truly care about our children.  PS. Storks do not bring children, or care for them.

The Role of the Community Doula in Supporting Breastfeeding Moms: Karen Petersen, Khamyia Jackson and Ortiase Brown, Pettaway Pursuit Foundation
Did you know that a mom can have a doula at her birth through medical assistance in Delaware County?  Or that a mom can have a CLC or free breastfeeding support?  A panel of Community Doulas will share their work and experiences in supporting and advocating for Delaware County moms.

Breastfeeding and Latinas – Ileana Berrios, Breastfeeding Latinas
Join Ileana Berrios, founder of Breastfeeding Latinas, to learn more about special considerations in providing inclusive and culturally responsive community breastfeeding support to Latina mothers in our region.

Mothers Who Breastfeed – Panel Discussion
Hear from a group of mothers about their postpartum and breastfeeding experiences.  For many moms, the support of their families, friends and community can make a difference in their breastfeeding journeys, their health and the health of their babies.

There is a $15 registration fee which supports the ongoing work of the Delaware County Breastfeeding Coalition. To register, please use the online form below – breakfast and lunch will be provided. A limited number of scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, please be sure to check the box on the form and select “Scholarship requested”.

Questions? Email: Katie Kenyon

Dr. Crear-Perry Bio

Joia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG – a thought leader around racism as a root cause of health inequities, Speaker, Trainer, Advocate, Policy Expert, and fighter for justice – is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative.

Recently, she addressed the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge a human rights framework to improve maternal mortality. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area. Dr. Crear-Perry has been celebrated for her work to improve the availability and utilization of affordable health care for New Orleans’ citizens post the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005. Currently, her focus has expanded nationally and internationally as it relates to Maternal and Child Health.

Joia, a proud recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero’s award and the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard University Global Visionary Award for Commitment to Advancing Women’s Health, is most known for her work to remove Race as a risk factor for illness like premature birth and replacing it with Racism. She has been asked to train in Maternal and Child Health and is a sought-after speaker as a result of her articles in a number magazines including Essence, Ms. Magazine, as well as her publications around Structural Racism.

Dr. Crear-Perry testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee as the Democratic witness in support of the only Maternal Health Bill signed into law since the new Administration came into office. Dr. Crear-Perry has received funding from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to work with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) to develop a Standard for Respectful Maternity Care and serves on the Joint Commission Perinatal Safety Project Technical Advisory Panel. Dr. Crear-Perry currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, Principal at Health Equity Cypher and on the Board of Trustees for Community Catalyst, National Medical Association, and the UCSF PTBi.

After receiving her bachelor’s trainings at Princeton University and Xavier University, Dr. Crear-Perry completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University’s School of Medicine. She was also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She is married to Dr. Andre Perry and has three children: Jade, Carlos, and Robeson. Her love is her family; health equity is her passion; maternal and child health are her callings.



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