Jennie Joseph's book Beautiful! is rich in words and images that will inspire women who live in a culture which floods them with negative messages about their ability to bring a healthy baby into the world. Many of the triumphant, gorgeous women depicted in this book began their pregnancies in trouble. Their photographs and stories bear witness to the transformative power of pregnancy and birth, coupled with tender, skilled midwifery care such as that provided by Ms. Joseph and her staff.
Ina May Gaskin MA, CPM
Midwife, Author Founder of The Farm Midwifery Center, Tennessee
Books: Spiritual Midwifery; Babies, Breastfeeding and Bonding; Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
At 19 years old, all I knew was that I was pregnant and I wanted a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. I sought someone to care for me on a level that is virtually unheard of in the United States. I sought someone who would treat me as a person separate from the baby that I was carrying, but also to hold my baby's health to be as important as I did. I sought someone to care for me and my unborn child without prejudice. I sought someone to guide me into making my own decisions surrounding my pregnancy and birth experience. I sought a provider to treat me as a young woman who was pregnant, not a patient who was ill. I found Jennie Joseph. I found exactly what I was looking for. Jennie has touched and inspired my life, the life of my child, and the lives of so many others who, after having experienced The JJ Way, would have it no other way. The JJ Way is an inspiration to the practice of not only midwifery, but to the medical profession as a whole. It inspires the patient to believe that they have the ability to invest in their own health and have excellent outcomes. Five years after walking into Jennie Joseph's 'The Birth Place' practice, I am now an RN and can see the effects of using the JJ Way to relate to patients, even in a non-obstetrical setting. It takes a unique concept such as the JJ Way to encourage people to take charge of their health and consequently, their lives.
Temperance Taylor RN Mother to 5 year old Kaleb
Beautiful gives America an intimate view of the diversity and uniqueness in pregnancy. Through Beautiful we see possibilities, so important when the sacredness of pregnancy is still misunderstood. This book needs to be on every shelf in America, to empower women to glow with a healthy pregnancy.
Shafia M. Monroe, Midwife Founder International Center for Traditional Childbearing and www.blackmidwives.org
Life's rhythm is a perfect balance of beginnings and endings. Pregnancy signals a time for two lives to become one breath. Every healthy baby enriches their family, community, and beyond. Birthing a child is hands-down one of the most miraculous human experiences. Ensuring the well-being of a child is a privilege and honor that I have been blessed to have as a Mother, Pediatrician, wellness expert, and philanthropist. Jennie captures the essences of victory in each image of Mothers who rebirthed themselves throughout the birthing experience. Join me in celebrating life the JJWay and greet your unexpected challenges in royal style.
Encouragement. That is what you will find within the pages of this book. You will begin to believe again in healthy non-surgically orchestrated births of joyous little human beings. You will begin to understand that pregnancy complications and infant mortality can be addressed directly and without pretense. You will begin to dream about a world where every woman can deliver a healthy, happy child regardless of social constraints, economic scarcity or ethnicity. Jennie Joseph prods us along with wondrous images and hard evidence. She encourages us to believe. She encourages us to pay attention and understand that we do, in fact hold the key to reducing the disparities that currently define pregnancy, childbirth and the neonatal period. She urges us to wake up and ask for, to stand up and expect, that our babies be born healthy and at term in a natural way. Every difficult journey has a long path, but Jennie Joseph offers a light along that path to illuminate the way back to understanding pregnancy and childbirth as a wholesome, natural phenomenon, not a medical illness. The JJWay offers all of this and more. Read for yourself and be... encouraged.
Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH Director Public Health Practice Program, College of Public Health University of South Florida