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Genesis Birth Services offers accessible family planning

Founded by Gerria Coffee, Genesis Birth Services offers doula support, childbirth education and lactation support for women who are pregnant, are considering or have given birth.

Because she offers doula services, Coffee said she is able to reach families very early in their pregnancy.

“There are times where I’m able, because they know about me, to talk to them before, while they’re considering becoming pregnant,” she said.

Connecting early with someone in their pregnancy, allows her to maintain those conversations, addressing concerns that expectant and new mothers might have.

“So then it just becomes being available…answer all the questions, spend the time understanding the psycho-social implications of what they’re experiencing,” Coffee said.

She will go into the hospital with her clients and also visit them at home if they request it.

For lactation support, Genesis recently launched the Lactation Warm Line, 1-833-9-Genesis, where people can call at any time of the day. Coffee said that if no one answers, just leave contact information and someone will get right back to you to answer your questions.

Coffee said that offering the toll-free hotline is all part of “making that access available…thinking of all the ways to make support equitable at every step in the pregnancy because someone can have questions at 15 months.”

According to their mission, Genesis Birth Service seeks “to provide equitable support and education to the families often underserved and under-represented in pregnancy and childbirth.”

One of Genesis’ primary goals is to provide “unbiased, culturally sensitive, evidence-based education and support” for families of diverse backgrounds.

A professional lactation specialist and full spectrum doula, or birth coach, Coffee has a background in engineering. Her own experience after giving birth inspired her to find ways to help other women.

“The disparities and the challenges that I faced as a new mother are the driving force behind what opened my eyes to everything that I’m doing now,” Coffee said.

“My background is in tech, engineering and design. When I became a mother, I was the mother who hadn’t seen breastfeeding, maybe more than once. There were no conversations about breastfeeding and I was pregnant with twins,” she added.

At Genesis, clients can make an appointment for pregnancy testing as well as get family planning support. They will also have access to pregnancy and birth doula services as well as pregnancy and infant loss support. Other services include childbirth education classes and lactation and breastfeeding support.

During the summer, Coffee hosted a virtual seminar on the issue of Black breastfeeding in order to educate the public to the disparities that exist between black and white women when it comes to breastfeeding initiation and duration.

As an extension of the work done through Genesis Birth Services, Coffee is reaching families through the radio. WSPM -DB SpiltMilk Radio a licensed Urban AC Formatted Radio Station that plays R&B music and other specialty programming can be accessed through the App Store, Google Play and Alexa Skills. There Coffee’s role as the owner, operations manager, program director and on-air host provides families with access to entertainment, education and supportive resources for the community over the airwaves.

SpiltMilk Radio airs 24/7 with a special talk show on Monday’s at 7 p.m. with guest and eye opening topics on breastfeeding, pregnancy mental health and more. The one-hour segment of SpiltMilk Radio can also be heard on WXPIFM 88.5

Genesis Birth Services is located at The Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave #10.

More information about their services is available on the website: http://www.genesisbirth.org or telephone: 717-970-3009, ext. 2.

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