The Birth Place is a unique full-service facility providing world-class midwifery and womens health care. We strive to create a supportive, educational experience in a relaxed, friendly and professional environment.
The Birth Place grew from a need for quality midwifery services in the greater Orlando area. Jennie Joseph has provided home-birth services for Florida women since 1995 and as her practice grew it became apparent that she could only be in one place at a time! The solution - a birth center providing quality, affordable women's health care and in which our patients' safety and well being always comes first.
A birthing center birth offers you the ultimate midwifery birthing experience. A safe, natural approach to your delivery, coupled with personalized attention and support is our goal for you at The Birth Place. Healthy women experiencing healthy pregnancies are encouraged to use our birthing options to enhance their experience. Family and sibling involvement is always welcome.
We pride ourselves at The Birth Place with having the healthiest, best looking babies in the area! Jennie and Anne work extremely hard to involve you and your family as team players with one goal in mind - a full-term, chunky baby.
Commonsense Childbirth is our non-profit foundation which supports The Birth Place and has depended on donations and volunteers since it's inception. 100% of your financial donation goes towards providing prenatal care, lab services, educational classes, doulas and mentors for pregnant women in crisis.
Jennie's proven system of midwifery management has successfully reduced infant mortality, low birth weight and premature babies in her practice. Her methods, known as The JJ Way®, have been developed over 25 years of practice and she has trained many student midwives, staff members and peers. Become a "Friend of The Birth Place" and help us help ALL pregnant women to have a healthy baby.
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Thank you in advance - YOU are making a difference for Central Florida babies!
ORLANDO Her reasons for being tremendously involved with two local benevolent organizations while trying to balance a career and mentor her 19 year-old daughter are quite simple: intuition and common sense.
It was Fifth Third Bank Orlando Magic Maker Monica May's intuition that led her to become extensively involved with the programs Common Sense Childbirth Inc., and Consider Your Image, a non-profit organization she founded herself. And it's common sense that drives her today.
"I know there is a simple way to life," explains May. "If there is an opportunity to help put together a road map for young people, I want to be a part of that."
But May has been more than just a part of children's lives. In her work with Common Sense Childbirth, Inc., May helps to inspire a change in maternal child healthcare. The program empowers mothers (especially young and indigent) to bring healthy babies to term. The model was created by May's close friend, Jennie Joseph, a midwife who specializes in providing prenatal healthcare and nurturing to populations that typically don't get the proper treatment in traditional health settings.
From tampabay.com. In Print: Monday, February 23, 2009.
WINTER GARDEN — This Central Florida office feels more like a home than a maternity ward, with portraits of glowing mothers-to-be proudly displayed on the walls leading to the "suites." The Van Gogh room has a nighttime feel, with a dark blue couch near a star-designed quilted bed and the Starry Night painting hanging above.
And then there is the birthing stool oddly found in the mix, looking more like a misplaced item in a bedroom.
It is the vision of Jennie Joseph, an energetic midwife originally from England who has run this birthing center since 1994.
Her waiting room is filled with expectant parents, but times are still tough for her and many of Florida's approximately 110 midwives.
Insurance is expensive — when policies are available. The number of new mothers choosing midwives seems to have peaked. Some colleges have closed their midwifery programs citing a lack of enrolment. And some still question the safety of having a child outside of a hospital.
"We have this complete myth we created around birth. Subsequently that has prevented midwives from becoming a staple in this country," Joseph said.
There are about 20,000 midwives in the United States, performing about 320,000 reported deliveries per year, according to the North American Registry of Midwives and federal government statistics. That's about 1 in 12 nationally. Because of under-reporting, the actual number is probably higher.
I had the honor of knowing and working with this incredible woman. She will be missed. Godspeed Jana - love Jennie!
Jana Borino - December 5, 1964 - February 13, 2009