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Jerisa Berry, MD

As one of the nation’s acclaimed doctors, board-certified in Emergency Medicine Dr. Jerisa Berry a.k.a “Dr. Jerisa ER” is also a nationally recognized speaker, media consultant, and best-selling author.  She is on staff at several emergency facilities in South Florida and is co-owner of two medical clinics, Vital Care Medical Center and Royal Palm Beach Medical Group, with her husband. Dr. Jerisa is founder of SecureYourFertility.com, where she helps single ladies and career-minded women take control of their fertility. Because experience and medicine both are the best teachers for women seeking to optimize and work through the various fertility options, Dr. Jerisa is a subject matter expert in ovarian preservation, assisted fertilization, and surrogacy, helping to decrease the pressures and stressors associated with trying to conceive.
When she is not saving lives in the ER, she shares her expertise in real-world health strategies as a sought-after media expert regarding acute, emergent and chronic health conditions.  Her mission is simple: Make ER visits less stressful and more productive by increasing public awareness. As a relatable woman and ER doctor, women feel secure with her guidance to understand an optimal time to start a family and lessen the confusion of the fertility processes.
Dr. Jerisa graduated from Howard University, and she earned her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her internship and dual-residency, for both Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, at Midwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

How many children do you have and what are their ages? After a 3 year journey to motherhood, with the help of assisted fertilization and IVF, I am the mother of a handsome son. He was born July 28, 2018 and is just shy of 3 months at the time of this interview.

What’s your favorite parenting tip? It’s easy to get caught up in the duties of parenting, ie. cooking, diaper changes, teaching your kids, checking homework, cleaning up their mess, and the list of course goes on and on. But, in doing all those motherly tasks, my tip is to continue to cherish every duty you have. Yes, cherish the diaper change. Cherish the potty training. I say this because for me, I almost didn’t get this great opportunity to feel this great joy that comes with motherhood. When we get caught up in the mothering “duties”, it’s easy to forget that our children are indeed little gifts. Let’s remember that some women aren’t fortunate enough to ever do anything for another young child and cherish every moment. The years to raise our kids are short so let’s make the moments long!

What has surprised you most about parenting? Because mothering, especially first-time moms, can get overwhelmed with the newness of everything that needs to be done for our little ones, it can be easy to question your ability to be a good mom. At times, you may doubt yourself and say, “Am I really cut out for this?” Motherhood is a lot of work but what I realized is that we have the innate ability to get it all done. Women are strong creatures. We can pull energy from nowhere when we believe we can! So, I’m surprised that even on low sleep when I want to just take a nap, if my son is awake and ready for anything mommy can give him, I find the ability to read to my son and play with him no matter what. So, don’t doubt yourself!

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? My son is just 3 months old, so this is still a work in progress for me. But some things I can think of that I should have ready to try are:1.  showing him that mommy and daddy eat. (kids do what you do, not always what you say) 2. Whatever toy or superhero he will like best, I’ll make sure he knows that they got their strength by eating right and show him that directly. 3. Kids are visual, so sometimes showing them a bright photo of the healthy food is better than putting it on a plate. Then you can say, “Remember that big bright orange carrot in this picture? Isn’t it pretty! Let’s both taste it together! Superman eats spinach too!”

How do you work exercise into your family’s life? You have to start somewhere. Sometimes, it can be added task to put exercise on a mommy’s schedule. But start by thinking a night ahead. “If I can get up at least 30 minutes earlier, I can take a walk around the block, or get on the treadmill, or simply do 25 squats.” For me, it’s hard to put in on my daily schedule. But, if I can start with the night before, it helps. Another good way I find is turning off the TV and replacing one TV show with a 30 minute exercise routine. That’s possible!

How do you recharge your batteries? Mommies have to find something, even if just one thing, that makes them happy. For me, it can be as simple as my love lighting up an aromatic candle. I also love water and waterfalls, so I can frequently be found enjoying relaxation in a hot tub filled with powerful massage jets. I also know the value of prayer and meditation which helps me see greatness even in a hard situation I may be facing.

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