"We have had three healthy, beautiful babies with Jennie at our side."
Jennie was born and raised in England when her parents immigrated from Barbados in the 1950's. She received her midwifery education from Barnet School of Nursing and Midwifery in affiliation with Edgware General Hospital in London. Always a pioneer for women’s special healthcare needs, Jennie set up a home birth practice in Florida emphasizing an holistic approach to pregnancy and birth. With ten years of busy hospital experience and now specializing in out-of-hospital birthing, Jennie offers you 27 years of combined expertise to help you achieve the birth of YOUR dreams.
Jennie has served as a member of Florida's Council of Licensed Midwives since 1996. She is a past Chair and has been instrumental in overseeing State educational programs and data collection for Licensed Midwives.Jennie has developed a midwifery model of care which has become renowned for improving birth outcomes and helping women reach full -term with healthy babies - aptly called The JJ Way, she travels extensively sharing her work as a speaker and expert on maternity healt care.
Florida Licensed Midwife Married for over 13 years, with three beautiful children and one on the way, Rebecca has been serving families as a Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Midwifery Assistant since 2006. Since her studies as a Midwife officially began, she has guided more than 200 new little ones safely into this world. She is a graduate of Jennie Joseph's - Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery.
Melissa has been working with women and families in the Central Florida area for the past sixteen years. She began as a mother reaching out to others, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at WIC, Perinatal Educator and Doula, before completing her midwifery education at Miami Dade College. Licensed in 2004 Melissa has since enjoyed serving others in her calling and is very excited to be a part of the mission here at The Birth Place. Melissa has her own home birth practice in Lakeland, Florida – Celebrate Birth Midwifery (find her on Facebook at Celebrate Birth Midwifery). She is also a Registered Nurse with experience in the Emergency Department.
Personally Melissa is a native of Florida happily married with six beautiful children. She is very involved with her church family, enjoys great food, and local historical natural spaces.
Kaevon was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan 30 miles south of Detroit. She attended Southern University and A& M College. She graduated with honors with a BS degree in accounting in 1997. She is married to a wonderful man, Benny, with four children Kaerra, Benny, BeSean, and Be’Jai. All of her children were born naturally at birth centers and she passionately defends your right to the birth of your choice.
Katrina may be little but she is a powerful woman! She single-handedly keeps The Birth Place running! Married to Eddie with a sweet son, Eddie III, she is a great Mom and puts her family first. A graduate of Dr. Phillips High School and Career Training Institute, Orlando she is the best Medical Assistant any practice could have. Katrina is currently studying for her Registered Nurse degree. Wait until you meet her - she'll take the very best care of you and your baby!
Our Birth Assistants are dedicated women who have committed to being at your birth in order to help you achieve the birth of your dreams. Typically they will come to the Birth Center during the second half of your labor to assist the midwife and to support you and your family through the birth. After your baby is born your birth assistant will be focused on helping you transition into motherhood by assisting with breastfeeding, keeping you comfortable and watching you and your baby closely through your postpartum recovery. Our birth assistants are caring, sensitive and knowledgeable and understand the type of birth experience you are looking for. Mary, Misty, Shannon, and Robin are ready to serve you.
Chandra A. Henry, M.D. is an Orlando native, a board-certified OB/GYN physician, healthcare visionary and social activist. Dr. Henry serves as medical director and consultant to The Birth Place birthing center and the Easy Access Prenatal Care Clinic.