Breanna Pennington, CLC, BD, is a doula who works full time as a Community Care Coordinator at Tougaloo Delta Health partners/United Health Care Greenville MS, a home visiting program for pregnant women. She was nominated for her contributions as a volunteer for the Delta Baby Café in Greenville.
“I started going to the Delta Baby Café after my second daughter was a year old,” Breanna shares. “I was an exclusive pumper for 18 months and I knew women needed to know that there was another way to give your baby breast milk.” In the past, she would go to the Delta Baby Café after her night shift on Wednesdays to talk to moms and share her experience of working and pumping.
In her role as Community Care Coordinator, Breanna assists mothers from the time they find out about their pregnancy until the baby is two years old. She covers the areas of Bolivar, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, and Washington County. As a Community Care Coordinator, Breanna provides resources in the client’s area. She makes sure each of her clients have as much knowledge on their pregnancy and breastfeeding as she is able to provide.
Breanna absolutely loves when the women she has worked with send her a message or stop her in person, to explain how she has helped them to continue with their breastfeeding journey. “That is the best thing ever. It gives you, as the CLC, so much joy”, she says.
What motivates Breanna to do this work? She is motivated by her mom who passed 2-3 weeks before she found out Breanna had passed her CLC exam. She has two daughters and dreams of having a private practice.
Congratulations, Breanna, and thank you for the work you do!
CHEER Champion of the week
Each Monday (besides public holidays), we will recognize a CHEER Champion for all the work they have done for CHEER (Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research)/CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices).