Jennie Joseph is a British-trained midwife and the Executive Director of The Birth Place, a free-standing maternity-care home in Winter Garden, Florida as well as her own non-profit corporation Commonsense Childbirth Inc.
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February 15, 2015
Tell us about your work and how it began. I was trained as a midwife in Great Britain in 1979 and moved to the United States in 1989. My experience has been quite diverse: European hospitals, American birth centers, clinics and homebirth environments. I’ve been instrumental in the regulation of Florida midwives since the 1990′s and have been involved in educating midwives since 1995. It took me a while to understand the history of midwifery in America and recognize the impact of the current maternity health care system on women and babies here. Having done extensive research and practical...