STAFF & FACULTY

School of Midwifery Staff

Commonsense Midwifery - Jennie Joseph - Founder and President - Portrait photo

Jennie Joseph

LM, CPM

Founder and President, Commonsense Childbirth Inc.

Profile

Jennie Joseph, a British-trained midwife and women’s health advocate, moved to the United States in 1989 and began a journey that has culminated in the formation of an innovative maternal child health care system, The JJ Way®.

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

She also 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.

Due to the high prematurity rates experienced by low income and uninsured women, Jennie 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 has successfully reduced both maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in Central Florida. 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 healthcare, The JJ Way®, provides an evidence-based system to deliver MCH services, which improve health, reduce costs, and produce better outcomes all round. As Founder and Executive Director of her own non-profit corporation, Commonsense Childbirth Inc., Jennie firmly believes that, “Everyone wants a healthy baby and every birthing person deserves one.”

Credentials

DIPLOMA IN NURSERY NURSING 1978

National Nursery Examination Board, UK

Harrow College of Technology and Art, London, England

DIPLOMA IN MIDWIFERY 1981

Central Midwives Board, UK

Barnett College of Nursing and Midwifery, London, England

CERTIFICATE IN MIDWIFERY 1994

School of Complementary Medicine, Oviedo, Florida

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE 1995

North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Commonsense Midwifery - Zulgeil Ruiz Gines - Dean of Midwifery Program - Portrait photo

Zulgeil Ruiz-Gines

BA, LM, CPM

Dean of Midwifery Program and Operations

Profile
Zul Ruiz Ginés, LM, CPM

Zul is a midwife, educator, and advocate for culturally safe midwifery care. She holds licenses as a Midwife in the states of California and Florida. Born and raised on the magical island of Puerto Rico, she earned her BA degree in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico. 

Zul‘s journey into midwifery education began in Temixco, Mexico, where she spent nine months learning from an indigenous midwife who opened her vision, spirit, and heart to the world of midwifery. She graduated from the National College of Midwifery and obtained her license in California through the Medical Board. Additionally, she earned her license in Florida through the Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery.

Zul is deeply committed to the education and training of new midwives and the future of midwifery. Her dedication has led her to various roles, including Professor, DIE Coordinator, Midwifery Program Strategist, and involvement in legislative efforts in Puerto Rico

Credentials

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HUMANITIES

  University of Puerto Rico  

DIRECT ENTRY MIDWIFERY PROGRAM DEGREE  

  National College of Midwifery  

  DIRECT ENTRY MIDWIFERY PROGRAM DEGREE  

  Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery

 

LICENSED MIDWIFE, State of Florida  

  CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE  

  North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Commonsense Midwifery - Andrea Herrada - Admissions Coordinator - Portrait photo

Andrea Herrada

BA

Admissions Coordinator and Student Services

Profile

Andrea Herrada is a Western Governors University graduate with a focus on Education. Andrea has spent 10+ years in the field of education: teaching, developing and implementing curriculum. She has also implemented various technologies into the learning environment to support various styles of learners, especially after being an online college graduate herself. As a bilingual educator born in Florida with Puerto Rican and Mexican descent, she has been able to help provide the Latino/a community with receiving quality opportunities for higher learning and advocating for reproductive justice. 

For her, being a part of CCSM allows the opportunity to assist future midwives begin their educational journey while providing the safe space during the uncertainty of enrollment and throughout their educational experience. Outside of her passion for education, Andrea enjoys spending time with her three daughters and traveling. Andrea is continuing her educational development by studying for her Masters of Arts and learning project management.

Credentials

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES  

Western Governors University  

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR CERTIFICATE  

Florida Department of Education 

Commonsense Midwifery - Dayna Hernandez - Clinical Mentor Coordinator - Portrait photo

Dayna Hernandez

BA, CPM

Clinical Mentor Coordinator and Student Services

Profile

Dayna Hernandez is a Certified Professional Midwife, birth assistant, birth & postpartum support person and lactation support counselor who traverses between worlds; the Womb and the Earth; the spiritual and the physical; Spanish & English. At a certain point into her first pregnancy she realized that her life would be forever changed after the birth of her son, for reasons apart from the obvious transformation from individual person to the mom-baby dyad. She was beginning to hear the echoes of her calling and gradually became receptive to the “spiritual healer” within. 

She is spiritually motivated to serve families and to be with them during a most transcendent and transformational moment of their lives. Her mom would often say to her, “nosotros somos gente humilde.” It means, “we are humble people.” And for her, part of that humility meant that every person deserves safety, care and respect in the pregnancy and birth continuum. 

She currently works Full-Time at Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery as a Clinical Mentor Coordinator and Student Services Administrator at CCSM.

Credentials

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ART HISTORY

The City College of New York  

 

MIDWIFERY DEGREE

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College 

 

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE  

North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Commonsense Midwifery - Tara Galagher - Academic Coordinator - Portrait photo

Tara Gallagher

BA, MS

Academic Coordinator, Direct Entry Midwifery Program

Profile

Tara Gallagher is the Academic Coordinator for the Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery. Originally from Kansas, Tara went to the University of Kansas as an undergraduate and completed a bachelor’s degrees for Theatre & Film, Anthropology, and Molecular Biosciences. After working in scientific research for two years, she moved to Milwaukee, WI in 2013 to pursue a master’s degree in medical Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While attending her graduate program, Tara taught several sections of Anatomy and Physiology as a Teaching Assistant.

She also went on to teach high school science for two years at the Étude High School in Sheboygan, WI while finishing her thesis titled Practical Problems and Moral Discourses: An Ethnography of Breastfeeding. Tara was trained as a Maternal Child Health Specialist at the Midwest Maternal Child Institute and is a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Certified Doula, and a student midwife attending the Direct Entry Midwife program at the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. 

Prior to joining CCSM, Tara’s professional work includes Birth Outcomes Made Better (BOMB) Doula for the Milwaukee Health Department as well as Clinical Case Manager and Community Action Network (CAN) Coordinator for SGA Youth & Family Services Midwest Healthy Start Initiative in Chicago, IL.

Credentials

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN THEATRE & FILM, ANTHROPOLOGY, MOLECULAR SCIENCE  

University of Kansas 

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH SPECIALIST

Midwest Maternal Child Institute

Commonsense Midwifery - Justine Clegg - Academic Coordinator - Portrait photo

Justine Clegg

MS, LM, CPM, LMHC, BA, CLC

Academic Coordinator and Instructor, Licensure by Endorsement Program

Profile

Justine Clegg has been active in maternal and child health since 1974 when she became a La Leche League Leader, then a childbirth educator, labor coach, and birth assistant.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Miami, a 3-year Diploma from the South Florida School of Midwifery, and a Masters in Science degree in Counseling from Florida International University.

Justine is a home birth midwife licensed in Florida since 1986.

She is a Certified Professional Midwife through North American Registry of Midwives since 1993.

She is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1993. 

She became a Certified Lactation Counselor, Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, since 2008.

She was Midwifery Program Director at Miami Dade Community College, Medical Center Campus,1994-2008, and received an Endowed Chair, 2003-2006.  

Credentials

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATIONALCOUNSELING

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

CERTIFICATE IN MIDWIFERY

South Florida School of Midwifery, Miami, Florida

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE

North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETINGUniversity of Miami, Miami, Florida

CERTIFIED LACTATION COUNSELOR Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice

Commonsense Midwifery - Whitney Green - Clinical Department Assistant - Portrait photo

Whitney Green

Clinical Department Assistant

Profile

Tampa native and mommy of three, Whitney has over 15 years of unwavering commitment to the birthing community. As a seasoned Full-Spectrum Doula, Lactation Counselor, Maternal Child Community Health Worker, and Herbalist, she draws inspiration from her personal journey and experiences. Whitney is the owner and operator of The Doula Ministry, LLC and a believer of Christ. She has intimately navigated the unique challenges faced by women of color within the healthcare system, shaping her determination to combat health disparities and advocate for equitable birthing experiences.

Credentials

Instructors

Commonsense Midwifery - Kimberly Haines - Clinical Mentor Coordinator - Portrait photo

Kimberly Haines

LM, CPM

Clinical Mentor Coordinator and Instructor

Profile
Kimberly Haines is a second generation midwife with a passion for student education. She began attending births in 2004 and quickly recognized the vast shortcomings in women’s healthcare. She graduated from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery in 2012 with a goal to offer a more empowering approach to prenatal,antenatal and postpartum care in her community. Kimberly began attending births as a Licensed Midwife in Virginia in 2014. She has since been dedicated to raising the community standard of out-of-hospital care while precepting student midwives to provide exceptional birth options to low risk families. Kim has also thrived in the chaos of raising five amazing kids with her equally passionate partner of 23years..
Credentials

DIRECT ENTRY MIDWIFERY PROGRAM DEGREE
Florida School of Traditional Midwifery

LICENSED MIDWIFE
State of Virginia

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Commonsense Midwifery - Tamara Trinidad - Instructor - Portrait photo

Tamara Trinidad

BS, MSM, CPM

Instructor

Profile

Tamara Trinidad is a community partera/midwife, perinatal educator, EBB Instructor and herbalist, born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is a mother of two children who were born at home with midwives and has been actively involved in childbirth professions for over 10 years. She has a background in Biology and holds a Master of Science in Midwifery (MSM) with foundations in Botanical Medicine from Bastyr University and is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).

She owns a midwifery and herbal practice called Semilla Creciente LLC and is actively involved in her community as the president of the Puerto Rico Midwifery Association (APPR). She is also an member of the National Association for Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) and recently joined as an Instructor at Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery. Besides being active in the clinical and educational roles of midwifery, Tamara is also highly committed to the equity, social justice and political aspects of the midwifery profession

Credentials
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN GENERAL BIOLOGY
The University of Puerto Rico

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MIDWIFERY
Bastyr University

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Commonsense Midwifery - Debbie Allen - Instructor - Portrait photo

Debbie Allen

LM, CPM

Instructor

Profile
Debbie Allen is a Midwife, Childbirth Educator, Maternal Health Advocate, founder of Tribe Midwifery, and Co-Founder of the Well-Being Alliance in Los Angeles, California. Debbie has supported families in their reproductive health choices throughout the last 29 years . Debbie was the Co-Director and Chief Financial Officer of The Community Birth Center, first black owned birth center in Los Angeles. Debbie is the Co-Creator and Co-Director responsible for the implementation of a full spectrum Group Prenatal Program for BMHCE and Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine.
Credentials
MIDWIFERY CERTIFICATE
National Midwifery Institute

LICENSED MIDWIFE
State of California

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Commonsense Midwifery - Beth Redden - Instructor - Portrait photo

Beth Redden

CNM, APRN, FACNM

Instructor

Profile
Beth Redden CNM, APRN, FACNM has been providing midwifery care for families in southern WV since 2009.  She spent 12 years as a hospital based Nurse-Midwife, then in 2021 opened Divine Beginning WV, a private midwife-led practice offering prenatal care, home birth, gynecological services, and lactation support.  Beth was named a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives in 2020.  She has been President of the WV Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives for the past 7 years and serves as the Legislative Liason for the Midwives Alliance of West Virginia.
She has been essential in working several legislative issues related to women’s health such as the successful removal of certificate of need for birth centers in 2021 through 2023 and the push for licensing of Certified Professional Midwives and updating birth center regulations in 2024.  Beth’s goal in providing care for expecting families is giving them personalized care and empowering clients to advocate for their personal bodily autonomy.
Credentials
Commonsense Midwifery - Anjelica Malone - Instructor - Portrait photo

Anjelica Malone

Instructor

Profile
Anjelica Malone is a midwife, clinical herbalist, and lactation professional living in Puerto Rico. She initially began working in healthcare in the U.S. Coast Guard 19 years ago, and maternal child health in 2010, where she supported refugee women having a high risk pregnancy in New York. Anjelica earned her MS in Midwifery from Bastyr University with a specialization in Botanical Medicine for Midwifery Care. She currently serves as a board member for the Puerto Rico Midwifery Association (APPR). Anjelica is the mother of two island girls and wife to her husband of 16 years. In addition to her passion for teaching, she enjoys homeschooling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and being out in nature. 
Credentials

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN MIDWIFERY
Bastyr University

LICENSED MIDWIFE
State of California

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE
North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Commonsense Midwifery - Romy Sharieff - Instructor - Portrait photo

Romy Sharieff

Instructor

Profile

Ms. Sharieff has served families in Virginia as a licensed midwife since 2019. Her compassion and dedication to providing safe, skilled maternal healthcare for all women is reflected in her support of charitable organizations and publications. Her background consulting internationally as a Peoplesoft Technology consultant and as a trained engineer gives her a unique ability to connect and create bridges with different community members as well as approach complex issues analytically.

Credentials

ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE IN MIDWIFERY (SUMMA CUM LAUDE)
Midwives College of Utah

BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (MAGNA CUM LAUDE)
University of Michigan

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 
University of Michigan

Commonsense Midwifery - Romy Sharieff - Instructor - Portrait photo

Dev Honey

LM

Clinical Mentor Coordinator and Instructor

Profile

D’Vorah Honey, also known as Dev, is a homeschool mom, a Licensed midwife, a pubished author, and a certified K9 Handler and trainer. Dev sits on the board of the non-profit Smithfield Moms Collective, which works to provide free resources to support the wellbeing and mental health of postpartum moms for the first year after birth. Dev is a member of a lobbying group working to change state laws that regulate midwives, currenlty working in North Carolina. Dev began her focus on health as an athlete with a Bachelor’s in the Science of Nutrition which led to a career as a Fitness Coordinator for the Department of Defense. After the birth of Dev’s second child she was called to serve as a midwife. Dev currently works as a contracted, traveling midwife and a working dog handler with law enforcement and pest control canines. She continues her mission to create a better future for midwives, families and communities through education and evidence-based care. 

Credentials

OUR GROWING TEAM

At CCSM, we are actively growing and diversifying our faculty and staff. We look forward to welcoming more midwifery experts and educators to our team. Please email our HR department for more information – HR@commonsensechildbirth.org.

Please continue to check back to discover the newest additions to our team.

Commonsense Midwifery - Staff group photo on the Graduation Ceremony

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