March 05, 2020
Meet Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM - Lamaze International's 2020 Childbirth Education Advocacy Summit Keynote!
By: Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), CLE | 0 Comments
The Lamaze International 2020 Childbirth Education Advocacy Summit, in Washington, DC, is happening mid-May, just a couple of months away. Plans are being finalized to offer an amazing array of Pre-Summit Workshops and Conference Keynote speakers along with an important day on the Hill meeting with government representatives. Early bird pricing is accessible through March 9, 2020 for the May 18-19 Summit. I reached out to the amazing Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, one of the Summit's three Keynote speakers. Jennie’s exciting session is titled "Collective Impact of Childbirth Education." In today's interview, we hear from Jennie on the role of childbirth education in today's maternal-infant health landscape. Jennie Joseph’s bio and contact information can be found at the end of her insightful interview. - Sharon Muza, Connecting the Dots Community Manager
Sharon Muza: How would you answer this question- “My presentation at the Lamaze Advocacy Summit will be a success if…?”
Jennie Joseph: My presentation will be a success if participants make the connection to the importance of getting culturally-safe education and support to communities of need and to its impact on disparate health and birth outcomes experienced by American families.
SM: What would your response be if a pregnant person asked you why it is important to take childbirth education classes during their pregnancy?
JJ: I would let them know that knowledge is power and at the same time acknowledge to them that they are in need of health navigation information as well as childbirth and parenting information.
Editor note: Health navigation is an approach to improving healthcare delivery that helps individuals access the care they need. People called navigators work with each client to identify and reduce any barriers they may face that make it difficult for them to get quality, timely care. Services are tailored to each individual and may include appointment scheduling, transportation, accompaniment, referrals, health education, and counseling. The overall goal of navigation is to understand the health needs of the client and make sure that they receive optimal care regardless of their race, gender, socio-economic status and other factors that may make it harder for them to get good care. (source: TheBodyPro)
SM: What is the biggest challenge currently facing childbirth educators today and do you have any thoughts on a potential solution?
JJ: I am not a childbirth educator so I am unable to comment on the challenges, I would assume though that there may be dwindling class attendance and less opportunity to teach from an independent and/or individualized approach and for those situations I would suggest finding creative ways to reach and engage individuals so they can see the value in the education.
SM: What do you hope to achieve, accomplish or learn while attending the 2020 Lamaze International Advocacy Summit?
JJ: I hope to understand better about the organization’s efforts on diversity and inclusion, and how the advocacy summit will help support Lamaze educators to impact maternal child health and birth equity for American families.
About Jennie Joseph
Jennie Joseph is a well respected health advocate for women and newborn babies. A British-trained midwife, Jennie has become one of the world’s most respected midwives and authorities on women’s health: healthy pregnancies, healthy deliveries and healthy babies. She’s become a true advocate for systematic reform that puts women and babies first in healthcare; before profit, convenience and the numerous reasons America trails other developed nations in healthy births. Jennie’s common sense approach has won her the attention of global news media and brought her invitations to speak all over the world.
Jennie is the founder and executive director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc. and the creator of The JJ Way®, a common sense approach designed for women and children. She moved to the United States in 1989 and began a journey that has culminated in the formation of an innovative maternal child healthcare system, markedly improving birth outcomes for thousands of women and children.
Jennie has worked extensively in European hospitals, American birth centers, clinics and homebirth environments. She has been instrumental in the regulation of Florida midwives since the 1990s and has been involved in midwifery education since 1995. She is the former chair of Florida’s State Council of Licensed Midwives. Currently she owns a Florida licensed midwifery school in conjunction with The Birth Place, her world renowned birth center and maternity medical home in Winter Garden, Florida.
Jennie never set out for accolades or influence. In fact, she remains driven today by the one thing that brought her to maternal health care: she loves helping moms and babies. This care for others and mounting frustrations from witnessing unnecessary traumas and poor results in women’s health caused her to speak out and advocate for a better way. Seeing women, babies and their families as partners and not just patients has contributed to Jennie’s continued success in serving women and helping others across the globe do the same.
Jennie has a special focus on low income and uninsured women, who experience higher premature birth rates and an increase in complications. This led her to establish 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 have successfully reduced both maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in Central Florida. This is in addition to her birthing center, The Birth Place.
Jennie has pressed for linkages and collaboration with other public and private agencies in an effort to maintain continuity of care for the safety of her clients but also in order to bridge the gap between America’s maternity care practitioners. She has 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. 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 health care, The JJ Way®, provides an evidence-based system to deliver MCH services which improve health, reduce costs and produce better outcomes all round.
Jennie’s efforts have allowed her to speak to doctors and other practitioners, policy makers, including members of the US Congress in which she has testified at Congressional briefings on Capitol Hill, as well as serving as a regular presenter at maternal-child health conferences and organizations around the world. She’s given a multitude of media interviews on these important topics and serves in leadership positions amongst US and international midwives movements and organizations.
Jennie firmly believes in patient-centered, woman-centered care and works tirelessly to support the systems, providers and agencies charged with delivering that type of care. “Until women and their loved ones feel that they have enough knowledge and agency to be part of the decisions around their care and until they have access to the education and support that they are lacking, they will continue to be at risk.”-Jennie Joseph.
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