Commonsense Childbirth School of midwifery

Three Year Direct-Entry Midwifery Training Program for Florida Licensure

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM) offers the Three-year Program for non-nurse or direct-entry midwives and the Four Month Pre-licensure Program for foreign-trained and out-of-state licensed or certified midwives.

Both programs will lead to a Diploma in Midwifery and, after passing the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) exam, an opportunity to become a Florida Licensed Midwife (LM) affording practice in Florida under Chapter 467 FS and the ability to provide prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum services for Florida families. Candidates may also apply for the nationally accredited credential Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) after passing the NARM.

Tuition for the Three-year Program is $19,320 and $5,250 for the Four Month Program, we do not have any provision for student financial aid at this time. (Tuition for the Clinical Externship program for students enrolled in other midwifery programs is $10.65 per clock hour with a minimum 120 hours per session). There are no upcoming orientations scheduled at this time.  Please email for more details or to be placed on our list.




Externship Opportunities through Collaboration between CCSM and SWTC Midwifery Program

December 23, 2011. Fennimore, Wisconsin. We are pleased to announce a collaboration between Jennie Joseph’s Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM) and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) in providing student midwives an opportunity to obtain an Associate degree in Direct Entry Midwifery. Applications for the upcoming session (2013) are available online at Application fee is $30 and can be paid by credit or debit card. Tuition for Wisconsin residents is $113 per credit hour and for out of state students $165 per credit hour. Scholarships are available for program students. Questions can be directed to the program’s lead instructor Sherry DeVries at or 800-362-3322 ext. 2624. For financial aid questions please contact Joy Kite at or 800-362-3322 ext. 2319.

Winter Garden, Florida. Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM) is offering clinical externship training on site in Winter Garden for students already enrolled in SWTC midwifery training program. Under the direct tutelage of Jennie Joseph and her staff midwives at The Birth Place, you will experience observational and hands on experience in prenatal, intrapartal, postpartal and newborn care. Each module will culminate in skills testing and sign off. On-site training at The Birth Place facility in Winter Garden (Orlando), Florida will be arranged and facilitated through your current school/ preceptor and time frames can be customized to suit your availability. Students will be expected to attend clinic during the week and also labor and deliveries as and when they happen and to complete a skills assessment at the end of each session. Externship Program costs are calculated per clock hour of externship at $10.65 per hour with a minimum 120 hours per session, and scholarships for externship only, are offered to eligible students.



What can I do while I am preparing for midwifery school?
Pre-requisites for our program include anatomy and physiology at the community college level or through CCSM, 3 credits in both college English and Math, 4 hour HIV and CPR training.

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM) Introduces a New Credential to its expanding menu of mini-courses.

Certification in doula, childbirth education and lactation education is now a required pre-req. for the midwifery program. CCSM offers a new credential for childbirth professionals called Certified Childbirth Consultant which encompasses all three disciplines.

Along with perinatal and public health education courses as well as upcoming CEU based programs for nurses and midwives,and NARM preparation courses for Certified Professional Midwives we are building a strong menu of courses to serve your needs. Please contact Kathy Bradley, Director of Perinatal Education at 321 213 1112 or


To complete your Childbirth Consultant training here are our upcoming dates.

Our next doula trainings are TBD Childbirth Education Training and Certification (Lamaze® Program) also TBD. Our Certified Lactation Educator Program also TBD. Please contact Kathy Bradley, Director of Perinatal Education at 321 213 1112 or




Other Programs

The JJ Way® Institute has developed training programs for interested parties wishing to add a JJ Way component or License to an existing practice. Please email for more details.

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Thank you!

Jennie Joseph LM, CPM
Executive Director