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.

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 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.

 

Our Vision

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

“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

Our Area Of Focus

Community-based Maternity Centers

The JJWay® System 

The goal of The JJ Way® is to eliminate racial and class disparities in perinatal health and improve birth outcomes for all. Key objectives of The JJ Way® are for pregnancies to reach a gestation of 37 weeks or greater and for newborns to have a birth weight of 5 lbs 8 oz or greater, for women (and their families) to bond well to their babies and to start and succeed at breastfeeding. The JJ Way’s innovative model builds on the strengths of the Midwives Model of Care to reach a population that does not typically seek midwifery services. Click here for more information.

Birthing Center

Created to provide an environment for healthy pregnant women to deliver with freedom of movement and be an active participant in their care.   This family-centered, holistic model is the future of birth in the USA. Our birthing center is in Winter Garden, Florida.

Easy Access Prenatal Care Clinics

NO ONE IS EVER TURNED AWAY! Created to provide accessible and affordable health care for pregnant and postpartum women who are uninsured, underinsured, low-income or indigent and are at-risk for poor health outcomes due to having no maternity medical home. Prenatal care is critical for the health and wellbeing of mom and baby. In a time where costs are rising and maternity insurance is hard to acquire, our Easy Access Clinic program is a proven solution. We also provide help with applying for Medicaid, social support and health navigation services for pregnant women, as access to comprehensive care is extremely difficult in the current healthcare climate. Our Easy Access Clinics are located in Orlando, Florida.

The National Perinatal Task Force

The National Perinatal Task Force is a program component of Commonsense Childbirth and is designed to provide awareness, support and training for birth professionals and community members alike who care about the persistent racial disparities which continue to plague our communities.

The Task Force is

  • A virtual community of people who have a heart for women and children
  • A grassroots movement to start and grow thriving perinatal safe spots in every Materno-Toxic Area
  • Motivated people who have heard about the outrageous statistics and the stark racial disparities and want to see real change, real soon.
  • People who understand that the system is broken and want to make a practical difference in the health outcomes for our most at-risk mothers and babies
  • A place to share ideas – what’s working, what’s not
  • A place to find support – this network is to support YOU in directly supporting women and families or directly supporting the workers on the ground

Training Programs

The Commonsense Childbirth Institute provides education to become a midwife, but also offers many courses that aid in the training of para-professionals in the maternal child health (MCH) field.  Although located in the Greater Orlando area, many of our courses can be accessed via internet and hosted in a city near you.  Click here  for more information.

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery was designed to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to become highly competent midwives. We place an emphasis on teaching the art of out-of-hospital birth, differentiating between low-risk and high-risk pregnancies and preparing students to organize and operate as a professional midwife.

 

Access To Safety

Ensure access to community-based and Black-led organizations, providers and advocates providing culturally safe health navigation, health literacy, psychosocial support, and integrated community resources and referrals for all communities in Materno-toxic Zones. (Perinatal Safe Spots www.perinataltaskforce.com)

Access To Quality Clinical and Behavioral Care

Deploy professional and paraprofessional perinatal teams to urban and rural areas of critical maternal health care shortage to establish maternity care homes/clinics, level one birthing facilities, and interdisciplinary telemedicine/telehealth support services.

(Easy Access Clinics – The JJ Way)

Workforce Development

Align investment in human resources for a healthcare workforce keeping the current and future needs of the population and healthcare systems in mind.  Support programs to diversify, strengthen and build a pipeline to perinatal health service careers. (Perinatal training and development www.savinglives.biz)

 

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Finally a NEW approach to maternal health and wellness….

 

 

New Approach

…an approach that provides Access, Connections, Knowledge and Empowerment to all women as a means to optimal health. Our ultimate goal is that ALL women have healthcare answers that they can understand. We support and encourage system changes that embrace this NEW patient-centered, woman-centered approach and we provide information and training regarding such changes.

Commonsense childbirth – an idea whose time has come!

Founder Jennie Joseph is building a network of support to transform maternity care 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. Thank you !

More ways to help make a change

We realize there are different capacities in which people are able to contribute~ Every little bit counts, as we all have an important part to play.

Why not educate yourself about why babies are dying.  Ask the question, is it possible that many marginalized people are living with ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ due to a continual series of traumatic events? Could it be that this is contributing to the poor health outcomes that have become the norm for certain members of our society, particularly mothers and babies?

  • Share with others you come in contact with about these issues
  • Find out about your local statistics and what the rates are in your area
  • Consider attending a MCH Specialist training course and learn how to spot maternally toxic areas in your community
  • Get on our mailing list so you can be connected to what we are doing

Donate To Our Charity Fund

We are opening a  Perinatal Safe Spot  in Central Florida for women in Downtown Orlando who are at risk of having a low birth weight or premature infant, or of developing high-risk conditions in their pregnancy. Your donations will help us to support the women attending our Easy Access Women’s Health clinic. Thank you so much, your generosity supports access to healthy pregnancies and babies for ALL women, and is tax-deductible.