About Us

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM) was developed around principles that have driven midwifery practice worldwide: trust, respect, and necessity. However, in the United States midwives are faced with the challenge of not being seen as the optimum choice in providing maternity care.

CCSM provides quality, practical, culturally-sensitive training and education that is integral to maternity health care systems by:

  • assembling a training and education program that forms a measurable, competitive advantage for the practitioner and growth in women’s health care delivery;

  • providing authentic professional development with clear career paths – a strong magnet for attracting top-quality students;

  • elevating the profession’s profile through robust competency training;

  • ensuring that competency training has the lowest cost structure possible;

  • providing genuine engagement and access to care for all communities; and,

  • educating and empowering women and families thereby presenting a de facto experience: “your birth, your way”.


Data supports the safety and efficacy of the midwifery model of care. America needs an urgent change in its maternity healthcare delivery system in order to address challenges of rising medical interventions, cesarean sections and healthcare costs, and high infant and maternal mortality rates. CCSM is standing for that change – ‘getting to the heart of the matter’, one mother, one baby, one family at a time.

Thank you for joining with us, and welcome!

Jennie Joseph  LM, CPM, Director

Vision Statement

We envision a maternity care climate saturated with culturally sensitive and racially congruent care that results in equitable and superior outcomes in maternal and infant health for all populations.

We seek to reach as many as we can because there is no time to lose. We are in the business of saving lives. In order to achieve our vision we seek to open a pathway for midwives of color to again become autonomous community providers, to address and redress the historical, structural and institutional inequities that continue to decimate Black and indigenous people, and to restore trusted birth workers to the heart of their communities once again.

Location and Facilities

CCSM  is located near downtown Winter Garden, in suite 340 of the Winter Garden Executive Center at 213 S. Dillard Street, WInter Garden, Florida 34787.  The school is approximately 800 square feet of space comprising of a library, a classroom, office, kitchen and eating area. It is located inside ‘The Birth Place’ Birth Center which has two birth suites, nurse and provider support areas, family waiting areas and four exam rooms.