“I am motivated to do this work because I saw how my three children, Amanda, Blake, and Sarah, thrive because I chose to breastfeed,” shares Deserie. “God has given me an opportunity to serve other mothers and families by passing on what I have learned. I am truly thankful to God for this opportunity to serve others.”
As a Peer Counselor III, Deserie’s responsibilities include supervising one Peer Counselor, counseling mothers one-on-one, teaching group breastfeeding classes, doing outreach in the community, issuing pumps, and making home visits and hospital visits at Highland Community Hospital. What she loves most about her job is the opportunity to educate mothers and families who were not planning to breastfeed. As a result, Deserie says these mothers often “decide to give breastfeeding a try, and some of these mothers breastfeed for months.”
Deserie received the Tawanda Ferrell Breastfeeding Award in 2014, Certified Lactation Counselor certification in 2016, ROSE Community Transformer certification in 2017, and National Child Passenger Safety certification in 2017.
Congratulations, Deserie! You are a true CHAMPion!