WORCESTER, MA --As the U.S. ranks 56th in the world for infant mortality, 6 deaths per 1,000 births; the City of Worcester has an average of 7 to 9 deaths per 1,000 births, which is higher than the Massachusetts rate of 5 deaths per 1,000. The Pettaway Pursuit Foundation (PPF) is a maternal health and family organization aiming to empower expecting at risk mothers and new mothers with education and support throughout the prenatal and post-partum period; with the goal of achieving healthy newborn outcomes through healthier and prolonged pregnancies. Read More

YEADON, PA--As the U.S. ranks 56th in the world for infant mortality, 6 deaths per 1,000 births; Pennsylvania has 6.7 deaths per 1,000 births; while per the results by PHMC’s Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) research project, Delaware County has 9.6 deaths per 1,000 births.  The Pettaway Pursuit Foundation (PPF) is headquartered in Delaware County as a maternal health and family organization   aiming to empower expecting at risk mothers and new mothers with education and support throughout the prenatal and post-partum period; with the goal of achieving healthy newborn outcomes through healthier and prolonged pregnancies. Read More

Jill Kasten, a lead doula for the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation in Massachusetts, met with Mrs. Amaro of Oxford and spoke to her by telephone in the weeks leading up to the birth of Isaias. The women talked about breastfeeding and how Mrs. Amaro could “own” her birth experience, the women said.


“I could see she needed someone who believed in her,” said Ms. Kasten, a doula of 17 years and herself the mother of four children. Read More

Health Partners recently incorporated the use of “doulas” in our ever evolving Baby Partners program in order to meet the specific needs and improve health outcomes for our members with high-risk pregnancies. These competent caregivers, trained and certified by Doulas of North America (DONA), are provided by Pettaway Pursuit Foundation, an exemplary agency with proven history helping low income high-risk pregnant women in the Philadelphia area. Working in concert with Baby Partners case managers, our doulas provide non-medical help through peer to peer mentoring, aid with physical needs and emotional support to our pregnant mothers, their partners and families. Read More

Press Release

Yeadon, PA September 30, 2016 – In collaboration with managed care agencies since 2007, the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation (PPF) has provided care for over 1,100 expectant and new mothers in select counties in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Their signature program, Doula By My Side, offers non-medical assistance before, during, and after child birth to pre-identified, high-risk members of Keystone First, Health Partners, and Tufts Health Plans. PPF’s doulas provide key informational and emotional support which ensures improved maternal and birth outcomes. Read More