About

Meet Jennie joseph

Jennie Joseph is a British-trained midwife, a women’s health advocate, the founder and executive director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc. and the creator of The JJ Way®. She moved to the United States in 1989 and began a journey that has culminated in the formation of an innovative maternal child healthcare system, markedly improving birth outcomes for women in Central Florida.

Jennie has worked extensively in European hospitals, American birth centers, clinics and homebirth environments. She has been instrumental in the regulation of Florida midwives since the 1990’s and has been involved in midwifery education since 1995. She is the former chair of Florida’s State Council of Licensed Midwives. Currently she owns a Florida licensed midwifery school attached to The Birth Place, her nationally renowned birth center and maternity medical home in Winter Garden, Florida.

Due to the high prematurity rates experienced by low income and uninsured women she established an outreach clinic for pregnant women who are at risk of not receiving prenatal care. Her Easy Access’ Prenatal Care Clinics offer quality maternity care for all, regardless of their choice of delivery-site or ability to pay, and have successfully reduced both maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in Central Florida. The Birth Place offers a unique opportunity for pregnant women to choose the site, setting and type of provider for their prenatal care and the delivery of their baby. Working in partnership with women by raising their status from patient to client, Jennie has empowered them to be proactive about their treatment and care. Fathers, family members, and friends are brought in as part of the mother’s team and engaged in the goal of helping her achieve a healthy, full-term pregnancy.

Jennie has pressed for linkages and collaboration with other public and private agencies in an effort to maintain continuity of care for the safety of her clients but also in order to bridge the gap between America’s maternity care practitioners. She has developed and administers perinatal professional training and certification programs to address the health care provider shortage, diversify the maternal child health (MCH) workforce and address persistent racial and class disparities in birth outcomes. There are both quantitative and qualitative studies underway regarding Jennie’s work as well as continuous reviews of the impact of her clinical and educational programs. Jennie’s model of health care, The JJ Way®, provides an evidence-based system to deliver MCH services which improve health, reduce costs and produce better outcomes all round.

Jennie Joseph has built up a reputation across the United States and has given numerous presentations, including a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, in order to discuss the statistical data as well as describe practical solutions to improving birth outcomes. Jennie is a regular presenter at maternal child health conferences and organizations; she has a leadership position amongst US and international midwives movements and is a subject matter expert on racial and perinatal disparities in the USA.

Jennie firmly believes in patient-centered, woman-centered care and works tirelessly to support the systems, providers and agencies charged with delivering that type of care. “Until women and their loved ones feel that they have enough knowledge and agency to be part of the decisions around their care and until they have access to the education and support that they are lacking, they will continue to be at risk.”-Jennie Joseph

To have Jennie speak at your event or for training and consulting needs please email speaker@jenniejoseph.com

THE BIRTH PLACE

BIRTH CENTER CHOICE – Prenatal and postpartum office visits in Winter Garden, with midwife attended  labor and delivery on site in our Winter Garden birth center.

We take your care and safety seriously – we provide two fully equipped birth rooms with birth tubs and en-suite bathrooms, including full hospital back-up services and transfer protocols in case of any unexpected changes during your labor. Our midwifery team is led by British-trained  Master Midwife and Clinical Director Jennie Joseph who brings thirty-six years of international experience and oversight to maintain our state-of-the-art practice.

Commonsense Childbirth Inc. (CSC) 501(c) 3 non-profit organization  was founded in 1998 by Jennie Joseph  who has dedicated her life to helping women and families have better birth experiences.   Over the years Jennie’s work has grown beyond the birth room.  She speaks nationally and  internationally sharing her positive outcomes on low birth weight, prematurity,  infant mortality, and maternal mortality rates that remain particularly high in minority and disenfranchised populations in the United States.

Our Vision

We believe that all women deserve a healthy pregnancy, birth and baby!

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire change in maternal child health care systems worldwide; to re-empower the birthing mother, father, family and community by supporting the providers, practitioners and agencies that are charged with their care.

“When the front desk operates as an ‘open-door triage’ there is no barrier to prenatal care. You are eligible for all  services simply because you are pregnant and you have expressed a need. NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY regardless of ability to pay” ~ Jennie Joseph, Executive Director

Jennie Joseph is building a network of support to transform maternity outcomes in the USA. Be a part of the change, be a part of the movement – stand for mothers and babies right now. Your participation is critical. The National Perinatal Task Force (NPTF) is a virtual community of people who have a heart for women and children. People who have heard the statistics, understand that the system is broken and want to make a practical difference in the health outcomes for mothers and babies. The NPTF is a grassroots movement to start and grow Perinatal Safe Spots (PSS) in every Materno-toxic Area. It’s a place to share ideas – what’s working and what’s not. The NPTF is to support YOU supporting women and families.

In every Materno-Toxic Area in the United States my goal is to see that, at a minimum, there is a Perinatal Safe Spot operating within a reasonable geographical radius or accessible via our virtual electronic network.

“We can no longer stand by and claim that we can’t fix this mess. Let’s start the conversation, let’s lead the revolution, let’s DO something – NOW!” ~ Jennie Joseph

Find us on Face Book – National Perinatal Task Force, Twitter @perinataltskfce and Google+ – Commonsense Childbirth – National Perinatal Task Force.

Access

Everyone deserves access to quality medical care. We accept Medicaid Managed Care Plans, some Commercial Insurance and we keep our self-pay prices low and affordable. We accept cash or debit/credit cards. Please ask about our sliding scale if you have a need.

 

Focus on Pregnancy and Women’s Health

We provide Women’s Health Exams, Breast Exams, Birth Control and Family Planning, Prenatal & Postpartum care as well as counseling and support services to mention a few.

Empowerment

This is your body! We educate and empower you to be involved in your care and the decision making process about your health and wellbeing.  We believe that you are the best expert about your body and health, we are simply here to support you.

The JJ Way® Model is effective in reducing disparities and improving outcomes because it operates from the premise that every woman wants a healthy baby and that every woman deserves one. Additionally, patients and their family supporters (if any)are encouraged to operate the same way and are therefore invited in as an integral part of each prenatal visit. From the very first appointment the goal of a full-term healthy baby is emphasized and all subsequent measures stress that theme until safe arrival at that point.