This week’s team member spotlight is on Teffanie, our lead community-based doula. She serves our clients during their pregnancies by providing them with evidenced-based education and support. She is there with them when they are in early labor until they are safely settled in their postpartum room and breastfeeding. Here’s what she has to say:
my name is Teffanie Green I am the wife of one husband, a mother of five children and my family comes second in my life and God comes first. I am a doula for the Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project and have an AA degree in business. I also have a cosmetology license. Obviously as you can see I love working with the public. I am a loving and fun person and I am also trustworthy and straight forward not perfect and nor does I know everything but I am a hard worker and I’m always willing to learn I believe a person shouldn’t no everything that way they can always be teachable and I believe I am a good leader because I am a good follower and it takes good followers to know how to lead and this is me every day all day.
We have been a tad quiet for a lot of time on our little blog here because we are super happy on Facebook and Instagram. Well, it’s time to wake up because we have some excited and interesting news headed your way and of course some super cute babies!
Our team member spotlight of the week is of Natasha. She is our breastfeeding peer counselor here at the NEMS Birthing Project. She supports and educates mothers in their choice to breastfeed their babies and is there with them every step of the way. Here is what she has to say:
“My name is Natasha Long and I am a breastfeeding peer counselor at the Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project. I have a college degree in computer programming as well as I have my certification as a breastfeeding peer counselor. I have five children, and it’s three girls and two boys. What I love most about being a part of the NEMS Birthing Project is the fact that I have met an awesome group of women that are great to be around as well as they show everyone love and respect. Great women to get advice from. I love the support and education that I am sharing with the women in my community. My biggest accomplishment is seeing how I have the opportunity to encourage women to have their own voice. They have learned to ask questions about what they don’t know or understand as well. Also, I am getting more women to breastfeed for longer periods of time then they originally planned, and educating the family about breastfeeding. The one thing that I would have in my bag are the balls that shows the size of a baby stomach and the reason is because most people are visual learners and when you can show them what you are talking about then you can get them to understand. My goals as a breastfeeding peer counselor is to improve my communities premature birth rate, breastfeeding rate, to educate them with the knowledge and information, truths and myths about breastfeeding, and share my breastfeeding experience with them.
My goals in life are: to become financially stable, to show people in the community that you can do anything that you can put your mind to as long as you are willing to put in the work, to show my community to never give up and to continue to fight for what they believe in. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing softball, going to church, and spending time with my family and friends. My favorite quote is: “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.” My favorite scripture is: ” I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” The last thing that I want anyone to know about me is I am a loving, honest, trustworthy, loyal, straight to the point, caring person that believes in helping anyone that wants to help themselves.”
Interested in working with Natasha towards your breastfeeding goals? Feel free to contact us at 662-269-3123 or instantly on Facebook.
Hey Birthing Project friends and fam! It’s been a hot, busy summer here in Tupelo, and we’ve been cooking up some content to keep you up-to-date with the latest news from our community.
This blog post about community birthworkers came across our Facebook feed this morning, and it is our everything right now:
I met a Bronx momma one Sunday to check in. We had a prenatal visit in her car one afternoon by a park. Reclining her driver seat back, I asked if I could touch her growing belly. I felt for baby’s back and head, showed her where and how to feel for them. She told me about this ache near her groin; I explained about the ligaments that support the uterus and how normally they aren’t stretched the way they are in pregnancy, that this can cause some pain but it’s normal. I kept touching her belly and my hands went instinctively to where it ached, massaging. I kept talking to momma about birth and that I understood why she was scared of the pain and gave her some advice about taking the last couple of weeks to disconnect from everything and focus on the last precious moments of having her child this close to her. I saw the tears. I heard the all-too common statement that rarely does she receive attention and touch in this way. I think about her and how she is one of many women who would not have this moment if it weren’t for community doula grants and organizations that advocate for every woman, regardless of finances.
You can read more at These Waters Run Deep–and trust us, you’ll want to read more. A true feeling of community and support makes a difference in the world of birth and breastfeeding–instead of rushing to give advice to a new mother, could you try more listening? Ask open questions and see what’s on her mind. That’s a good way to show someone that you care.
The Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project, in collaboration with Birthing Project USA, is taking part in the fifth annual Coast-to-Coast Baby Shower 2015! It’ll be an afternoon full of fun and fellowship, be sure to RSVP on Facebook and then share the event on your page!
The day has arrived, cold and frosty like so many others.
This day, however, is short-lived. It is the Winter Solstice, the night of the year where darkness, stillness, and quietness reigns over the northern half of our globe. There are a flurry of international, intercultural holidays around the Solstice, but the Solstice is an event unto itself.