STAFF & FACULTY
School of Midwifery Staff
Founder and Instructor, Commonsense Childbirth Inc.
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.”
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)
BA, LM, CPM
Dean of Midwifery Program and Operations
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
MS, LM, CPM, LMHC, BA, CLC
Academic Coordinator and Instructor, Licensure by Endorsement Program
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.
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
MSM, LM, CPM
My name is Courtney Smith, I am a Licensed Midwife practicing in Washington State. I am excited to have the opportunity to empower the next generation of midwives by creating an inclusive environment. Our work as students and midwives is important and life-changing for families who encounter us.
I was born in the panhandle of Idaho and have resided in Washington state for the last 28 years. I began my family very early in life and have been blessed with three outstanding children. In 2014, I graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. My medical experience started in 2008 when I began working as a medical assistant with the University of Washington’s Department of Family Medicine. This work exposed me to a wide variety of people and their needs. I wanted to expand my scope of practice and was drawn to midwifery after attending my neighbor’s birth and the birth of my nephew. I was lucky enough to find obstetric training in my own backyard and completed my Master of Science in Midwifery with a Botanical Medicine focus at Bastyr University.
Thank you for inspiring me to do this work.
MPH, LM, CPM
Janell Moore (she/her) is a California Medical Board Licensed Midwife (LM) and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in community health sciences. Her career in sexual and reproductive health spans over 16 year – from working as a medical assistant in free and low-cost community clinics to managing federally funded research and doctoral training programs. After earning her masters, Janell dedicated her career to working in epidemiology in HIV research and prevention, specifically among BIPOC and LGBTQI communities. She has worked with HIV-positive pregnant and lactating people in Uganda and the DR Congo as well as coordinated HIV research projects in Cambodia and the US. In 2018, she took a leave from academic research to attend the direct-entry midwifery program at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, Texas. She is in now a home birth midwife in private practice in Los Angeles where she provides body positive, gender-affirming, trauma informed holistic care. As an instructor, Janell draws from the varied experiences of her students to encourage agency and communal ways of knowing in hopes of dismantling the divide between academia and the public. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys traveling, reading, yoga and (novice) surfing.
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.
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