The Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM)  Instructors bring many years of experience and practice to the classroom, ensuring excellence in education. In addition to our midwifery program, short courses and continuing education  (i.e. Doula, Lactation, MCH Specialist) have been created as a starting point for the maternal child (MCH) health field as well as better equipping those already practicing.  Doula, Childbirth and Lactation Educator courses are prerequisites for our Midwifery program.  We get many requests to deliver this training around the US and our courses are available nationally as requested.  Please see the individual courses for locations and dates lower on the page.  

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery is licensed through the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education as a post-secondary institution and is located in Winter Garden, a west suburb of sunny Orlando

Maternal Child Health Specialist Training - The JJ Way®, (Doula, midwife, nurse, OB)
Creating Perinatal Safe Spots to Improve Maternal Child Health (MCH) – The JJ Way®
Maternal Child Health Specialist (MCH)
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The Maternal Child Health (MCH) Specialist is a training and certification program that equips health navigators, community health workers, outreach personnel, care coordinators, home visitors, doulas, childbirth educators, lactation educators, nurses, midwives, and physicians to understand their local and regional resources. This training provides the ways to negotiate and navigate through the systems that provide perinatal health care for women and babies who are at particular risk for poor outcomes. The MCH specialist training and certification can be achieved in a one-­day (8 hour) educational session and covers the various angles that are pertinent to breaking down and understanding the interrelatedness of health care systems and how to help vulnerable pregnant and parenting women negotiate and navigate those systems. The Perinatal Toolkit has been developed by Jennie Joseph, using The JJ Way®, her maternal child health care system which promotes the four tenets of access, connections, knowledge and empowerment to decrease health disparities, improve birth outcomes, and reduce costs.
General Class Time 8:30-5:30pm Total hours: 8 clock hours 8 RN and LM CEUs offered During the training, topics covered will include each level of the perinatal hierarchy; from the grass roots right through to the specialist regional perinatology teams, as well as methods of access and approaches to increase linkages. Each participant will be provided with and trained on how to use the Perinatal Toolkit, which is developed to provide hands-­on tools, both on paper as well as virtually, to assist clients across the spectrum.

Objectives:

Describe the effect of racial disparities in perinatal outcomes on all members of society and discuss current approaches to eliminating them

  1. Discuss the strengths and challenges of their local perinatal resources and systems
  2. Describe the four tenets of The JJ Way® Maternal Child Health system and how this method can impact health navigation on a local and regional level
  3. Understand the components of The Perinatal Toolkit and how to use it
  4. Utilize one or more techniques to apply this knowledge in their own practice, facility or agency
  5. Support development of action-­‐steps to implement future life-­‐saving projects and programs dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable women and babies in their area 

On completion, participants will be able to answer questions such as: 1. Infant mortality measures the numbers of babies who…..? Answer:

  1. Are stillborn per year
  2. Die because they are formula-fed
  3. Weigh less than 5lbs 8ozs at birth
  4. Are born alive but die within the first year of life

2. Maternal mortality is_________ as high among African American women as in other races in the USA Answer:

  1. 50%
  2. three to four times
  3. five times
  4. 10 %

3. Social determinants of health describe the impact of factors such as ___________________________________ on health outcomes Answer:

  1. A.     Social mix of race and class
  2. B.     Sexually transmitted infections
  3. C.      Economic and social conditions
  4. D.     Breastfeeding

4. The tenets of The JJ Way® Maternal Child Health system are: Answer:

  1. Access, empowerment, outcomes and progress.
  2. Access, knowledge, connections and empowerment.
  3. Knowledge, empowerment, communication and outcomes.
  4. Access, education, change and progress.
Upcoming training – ICEA International Childbirth Education Association annual conference  October 13-15, 2016 in Denver, Colorado, USA

Bring this course to YOUR area. Contact Kathy Bradley at kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com for information on benefits of hosting, and host requirements.

Please contact us for details of specific fee structures for this training and certification course. Thank you.
Do I have to have any prerequisites to attend the MCH Training? No, we do not require any previous training or diplomas Is the credential of Maternal Child Health Specialist regulated at a State or Federal Level? No it is not. The Training and Certifications are issued by Commonsense School of Midwifery. If I live too far away, can I sponsor the MCH Program in my area? Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Orlando, CCSM can bring the Program to your area. To sponsor the MCH Program, you must help secure a training location and promote the Program in your area. If 20 students enroll, the “sponsoring ” student’s course tuition is complimentary. How can I use the MCH Training  to make more of an impact?Our research has shown that when women have good support in pregnancy and birth, the results are better outcomes. The MCH Training increases your awareness of the barriers and challenges, faced by many women and families in the USA and provides you with practical solutions to address them. You are able to directly affect infant and maternal health by connecting via internet, phone or in person  to the client portal and to the EmpowEHR™ System allowing you to create a ‘perinatal safe spot’ for moms in your community.

ONLY USE THIS FORM IF REGISTERING FOR A COURSE, if wanting to ask questions please send an email to kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail:
Thank you for deciding to become a part of the CCSM family. Please be aware that the registration process is a two (2) step process.
1. Fill out the form below indicating the course you are choosing to take, and include in the message field the date and location of the course you are attending.
2. Choose payment option. Once you hit the send button, you will automatically be redirected to the payment page. If mailing a check, the address and where to send it will be provided. If paying by Paypal a form will be available there. Please note that you will need to add a 2.75% admin fee on top of the course fee when using paypal.

YOU ARE ONLY REGISTERED ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM CCSM IN 10 DAYS PLEASE EMAIL: kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

At this time you can only pay for one course at a time, unless paying for the CCC Course in full..

If needing to just ask a question, please go back up to the top of the page under the Midwifery school and there is a tab for general inquiries.

Please select your desired course from the list below and fill in the form below. Thank you for your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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Jennie Joseph at The Birth Place
Perinatal Training Courses for Doulas, Childbirth Educators, Lactation Educators – The JJ Way®
Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC) Program
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This newer program is designed for those who desire to work towards becoming a midwife and/or to work professionally with women throughout the childbearing year. Those who choose to finish this Mini-Program will be designated as a Certified Childbirth Consultant (CCC)and are comprised of our 3 perintal courses (Doula, Childbirth Educator & Lactation Educator); these classes are now considered prerequisites for the midwifery program, and in most cases, are transferable to other midwifery schools. The Childbirth Consultant is a new concept in perinatal education and we at CCSM are excited to offer you this pathway to empowering women to birth with confidence. We believe this is an important step to becoming a midwife, but for some students this is where they may build and maintain their practice. We believe that every woman should have access to a maternity care provider of their choice and to the information needed to make informed decisions. Our goal is to develop competent, highly educated childbirth professionals and midwives who can provide this option – The JJ Way®.
Objective: To provide education and training that will give the student proficiency in perinatal education and support and to develop tools to be an effective participant in the birth arena. At the end of the program students will hold certification as a doula, childbirth educator, and lactation educator, and will be capable of earning an income as an independent consultant while furthering their education in midwifery. To be eligible for the credential CCC you must become certified in all three disciplines. The class series includes: Course 1230 Doula (Certified Doula) 16 clock hours 150 hours internship This course prepares students to become labor support providers known as Birth Doulas. This intensive course focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of giving birth and the significance of childbirth in women’s lives. Students will learn scope of practice of a Doula, culturally sensitive support, coping with complications in pregnancy, labor, newborn care and breastfeeding. Course 1240 Childbirth Education (Certified Childbirth Educator) 20 clock hours 24 hours internship This course, presented in an interactive format, will review human sexuality, prenatal care and nutrition, labor, delivery, postpartum care, childbirth preparation, parenting issues, principles of informed consent, and clients’ rights and responsibilities. Group discussions will include adult learning and teaching styles. Relaxation, breathing, affirmation techniques and communication skills will also be covered. Course 2160 Certified Lactation Educator 24 clock hours 30 hours internship This course teaches the anatomy and physiology of the breast, changes during pregnancy and lactation, and prepares the student to assess and provide anticipatory guidance regarding maternal nutrition, initiating and establishing successful breast feeding, recognizing and managing common breast feeding problems, and referral to community resources and breast feeding products
  Please see the individual Course (Doula, Childbirth Educator & Lactation Educator) which make up the CCC Program for dates and locations in Orlando.  From time to time a CCC Program will be scheduled in the US with consecutive course dates, but as a general rule are taken as individual courses.  Those dates will be posted here.
CCC Program Enrollment Fee $35 (non-refundable) CCC Program Cost: $1,180.00 (Doula, Childbirth and Lactation Courses ) Lab Fees: $225.00 (includes monitoring during Internship, name badge, business cards, access to EmpowEHR system, etc) TOTAL: $1,405.00 Payment options are Cash, check or Paypal only.
Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the CCC Program? No, but we do require a high school diploma or GED. Is the credential of Certified Childbirth Consultant “CCC” regulated at a State or Federal Level? No it is not. The Training and Certifications are issued by Commonsense School of Midwifery. Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the CCC Program? No, the uniqueness of this program is the flexibility it offers. We have designed these courses to be student friendly, allowing the student to come into town for the didactic (in-classroom) portions of the course, and then return home to work on their internship. If I live too far away, can I sponsor the CCC Program in my area? Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Orlando.  CCSM can bring the Program to your area. To sponsor the CCC Program, you must help secure a training location and promote the Program in your area. If 10 students enroll, the “sponsoring ” student’s course tuition is complimentary. Does not include Enrollment or Lab Fees! A great way to earn certification at reduced rate, as low as $260. Does CCSM help me gain my experience? Yes, if you live in the Orlando area you will have the option to attend deliveries via the The Birth Place, a free standing birth center owned and operated by Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, as well as connect with patients who are choosing a hospital delivery via The Easy Access Clinic, but we do not take full responsibility to provide all your experience. If I have a friend who is pregnant, will working with her count as experience? Yes, we allow you to count hours towards certification regardless of where the delivery takes place. What course do I take first? We HIGHLY recommend that students begin with the Course 1230 Doula. What if I have already attended another training or have my certification in one of the three course areas? Regardless of where or whom you have trained with you will be required to attend Course 1230 Doula at a Fellowship fee of $135. The Fellowship Student will still be required to meet all CCSM Certification requirements, but may count past experience to meet the requirements. CCSM will evaluate other Childbirth Education and Lactation Education Programs on a case by case basis to count toward the CCC Program. If I enroll in the CCC Program am I officially enrolled in the 3 year Midwifery Program? No, you are only enrolled in the Certified Childbirth Consultant Program. The three courses comprising the CCC Program are prerequisites for the 3 year program, but acquiring CCC does NOT guarantee acceptance into the Midwifery Program. Do I have to pay the full tuition at one time? No, You can pay as you move through each of the courses. The course has to be paid in full prior to the course start date, including the Lab Fee. What is the Lab Fee? Covers the cost overseeing the student during the internship time, name badge, business cards,reviewing the Lab Book for certification once turned in.

ONLY USE THIS FORM IF REGISTERING FOR A COURSE, if wanting to ask questions please send an email to kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail:
Thank you for deciding to become a part of the CCSM family. Please be aware that the registration process is a two (2) step process.
1. Fill out the form below indicating the course you are choosing to take, and include in the message field the date and location of the course you are attending.
2. Choose payment option. Once you hit the send button, you will automatically be redirected to the payment page. If mailing a check, the address and where to send it will be provided. If paying by Paypal a form will be available there. Please note that you will need to add a 2.75% admin fee on top of the course fee when using paypal.

YOU ARE ONLY REGISTERED ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM CCSM IN 10 DAYS PLEASE EMAIL: kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

At this time you can only pay for one course at a time, unless paying for the CCC Course in full..

If needing to just ask a question, please go back up to the top of the page under the Midwifery school and there is a tab for general inquiries.

Please select your desired course from the list below and fill in the form below. Thank you for your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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Certified Doula: Course 1260
doula, support, labor,
Doulas Make A Difference – The JJ Way®
DoulaCourse InformationDates/LocationsFeesFAQsRegister for this Course
 Our most popular course and a great starting point for a future career in Perinatal Health. A doula is a healthcare professional who provides non-medical support and care through education, guidance and counseling for pregnant and parenting women and families. She promotes a healthy pregnancy and encourages active participation throughout the childbearing year. “……[use of doulas] significantly reduced cesarean section rates, forceps deliveries, need for oxytocin, and use of epidural anesthesia. In addition, the presence of a [doula] shortened labor and decreased the incidence of maternal fever.”Kennell, et al.,”Continuous Emotional Support During Labor in a US Hospital.” Journal of American Medical Association, May 1991 – Vol 265, No 17 Doulas across the nation work in hospitals, doctors offices, birth centers, or have their own private practices. New graduates typically charge $300-$500 per birth with rates increasing according to experience. The CCSM Doula Training program will prepare you to work in any of these settings and also serves as an adjunct training for employees of nurse home visiting and community outreach programs. Many doulas continue on into childbirth education, nursing and/or midwifery careers.

What is different about CCSM’s Doula Certification Program from others?

Overall our program requires more hands on experience prior to submitting for certification.  For example, a minimum of 10 births including 150 hours of internship allows for you to get a wide variety of experience prior to certification. We focus on topics during the classroom time that you are unable to gain when out in the field working directly with laboring families. Topics such as; understanding the scope of your doula practice, how to work in collaboration with doctors and nursing staff that may be un-supportive of your role, understanding why hospitals do what they do, how to help your client navigate the health system, and barriers that face some families. If the student is in the Central Florida area, we provide access to the births, and experience needed for certification. There is no need to seek out your required 10 births needed for certification on your own. Access to other birth professionals in a private Facebook group that have certified or are in process of certifying with CCSM. Our goal is to provide very experienced and professional doulas in the community. CCSM does not guarantee employment or placement.

General Class times: Sat & Sun 8:30-5:30pm Total hours: 16 clock hours Total Internship hours: 150 clock hours Doula Certification Requirements The Doula Course is designed for those with no prior specialized training and certification. It is well paced, thorough and covers every aspect needed to be a dynamic part of the birthing community. During the training and internship program, the following topics will be addressed:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • process of labor, delivery and the postpartum period
  • obstetrical procedures
  • comfort measures and labor support
  • newborn care and procedures
  • breastfeeding
  • working with your client & medical staff
  • communication and listening skills
  • specialized and one-on-one care
  • benefits of social support systems
  • impact of racial and class disparities on pregnancy and birth outcomes
  • HIPAA compliance

The program includes an electronic training manual, Certificate of Completion and opportunity to complete full certification through CCSM and The JJ Way®. Certification shall be granted to those who choose to complete the requirements below, following the 16 hour training program – Certification Lab Fee is an additional $75:

  • High school diploma, GED or certificate from an institute of higher education
  • Complete the required reading list
    • Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, The Doula Book, 2nd edition, 2002
    • Perez & Snedecker, Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant  
    • Simkin, Whalley & Keppler, Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: the Complete Guide, revised, 2001
    • La Leche League International, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 7thth edition
  • Non- pregnant participation in a childbirth education class and breastfeeding education class
  • 150 hours of internship, that includes a minimum of 10 births
  • 2 letters of recommendation from birth professionals
  • Successful completion of written exam
  This course is offered 4 times a year!

2017 Dates:

January   21 & 22 Orlando, Florida

April 22 & 23 Orlando, Florida

July 15 & 16 Orlando, Florida

October 14 & 15  Orlando, Florida.

Bring this course to YOUR area.  Contact Kathy Bradley at kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com for information on benefits of hosting, and host requirements.

Course Fee $400 Lab Fee $75.00 Total Course  Fee $ 475.00 Payment options are check or Paypal. Fellowship Program ($135)  is available to those with previous training, but seeking certification with CCSM.  You must have prior formal training with a Certificate of Completion.  Prior approval is required.  
Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the Doula Course? No, but we do require a high school diploma or GED. Is the credential of Certified Doula regulated at a State or Federal Level? No it is not. The Training and Certifications are issued by Commonsense School of Midwifery. Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the Program? No, the uniqueness of this program is the flexibility it offers. We have designed these courses to be student friendly, allowing the student to come into town for the didactic (in-classroom) portions of the course, and then return home to work on their internship. If I live too far away, can I sponsor the Doula Course in my area? Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Orlando.  CCSM can bring the Program to your area. To sponsor the Program, you must help secure a training location and promote the Program in your area. If 10 students enroll, the “sponsoring ” student’s course tuition is complimentary.  A great way to earn certification at reduced rate. Does CCSM help me gain my experience? Yes, if you live in the Orlando are you will have the option to attend deliveries via the The Birth Place, a free standing birth center owned and operated by Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, as well as connect with patients who are choosing a hospital delivery via The Easy Access Clinic, but we do not take full responsibility to provide all your experience. If I have a friend who is pregnant, will working with her count as experience? Yes, we allow you to count hours towards certification regardless of where the delivery takes place. What if I have already attended another training and want to take the CCSM Course for certification? You will be required to attend Course 1230 Doula at a Fellowship fee of $135. The Fellowship Student will still be required to meet all CCSM Certification requirements, but may count past experience to meet the requirements. If I enroll in the Doula Course am I officially enrolled in the 3 year Midwifery Program? No, you are only enrolled in the Doula Course. The Doula Course is a  prerequisite for the 3 year program, but does NOT guarantee acceptance into the Midwifery Program. Do I have to pay the full tuition at one time? No, You can pay a deposit, but the course has to be paid in full prior to the course start date, including the Lab Fee. What is the Lab Fee? Covers the cost overseeing the student during the internship time, name badge, business cards,reviewing the Lab Book for certification once turned in.  

ONLY USE THIS FORM IF REGISTERING FOR A COURSE, if wanting to ask questions please send an email to kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail:
Thank you for deciding to become a part of the CCSM family. Please be aware that the registration process is a two (2) step process.
1. Fill out the form below indicating the course you are choosing to take, and include in the message field the date and location of the course you are attending.
2. Choose payment option. Once you hit the send button, you will automatically be redirected to the payment page. If mailing a check, the address and where to send it will be provided. If paying by Paypal a form will be available there. Please note that you will need to add a 2.75% admin fee on top of the course fee when using paypal.

YOU ARE ONLY REGISTERED ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM CCSM IN 10 DAYS PLEASE EMAIL: kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

At this time you can only pay for one course at a time, unless paying for the CCC Course in full..

If needing to just ask a question, please go back up to the top of the page under the Midwifery school and there is a tab for general inquiries.

Please select your desired course from the list below and fill in the form below. Thank you for your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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breastfeeding, community-based lactation education
Lactation Education and Certification – The JJWay®
Certified Lactation Educator Course 2160
Lactation EducatorCourse InformationDates/LocationsFeesFAQsRegister for this Course
This course is an excellent starting point for those interested in learning about the process of breastfeeding, and educating new mothers about breastfeeding.  This course teaches the anatomy and physiology of the breast, changes during pregnancy and lactation, and prepares the student to assess and provide anticipatory guidance regarding maternal nutrition, initiating and establishing successful breast feeding, recognizing and managing common breast feeding problems, and referral to community resources and breast feeding products.
Times: 8:30 am to 6pm Total hours: 24 clock hours Total Internship hours: 30 clock hours Lactation Education Certification Requirements COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. To increase the student’s awareness of the need to promote and support breast feeding 2. To increase the student’s knowledge of breast feeding basics, including anatomy and physiology 3. To be able to identify common and complex problems with breastfeeding “4. To be aware of breastfeeding devices and their uses 5. To promote consistency of information given to breast feeding mothers 6. To encourage a positive approach to breast feeding promotion 7. To encourage adoption of policies that promote and support breast feeding 8. To increase the student’s skills in supporting the breast feeding mother 9. To increase awareness of other groups who are promoting and supporting breast feeding 10. To encourage communities to work together to promote and support breast feeding Shall be granted to those who choose to complete the requirements below, following the 24 hour training program :

  • High school diploma, GED or certificate from an institute of higher education
  • Complete the required reading list.    Counseling the Nursing Mother A lactation Consultant’s Guide–  Fifth Edition  Judith Lauwers & Anna Swishers
  • Non-pregnant participation in a lactation preparation class & breastfeeding class.
  • Develop a Lactation Education curriculum
  • 30 hours of Internship
  • Co-teach or teach a breastfeeding class
  • Observe 3 Births
  • Two letters of recommendation from Lactation professionals
  • Successful completion of written exam
This course is offered 3 times a year.

2017 Dates:

February 18 & 19  Orlando, Florida

May 20 & 21  Orlando, Florida

August 19 & 20  Orlando, Florida

November 18 & 19 Orlando, Florida (Last course for 2017)

Course Fee $385.00 Lab Fee$75.00 Total Course Fee $ 460.00 Payment options are cash, check or Paypal only. Fellowship Program ($135)  is available to those with previous training, but seeking certification with CCSM.  You  must have prior formal training with a Certificate of Completion.  Prior approval is required.
Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the Lactation Course? No, but we do require a high school diploma or GED. Is the credential of Certified Lactation Educator regulated at a State or Federal Level? No it is not. The Training and Certifications are issued by Commonsense School of Midwifery. Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the CCC Program? No, the uniqueness of this program is the flexibility it offers. We have designed these courses to be student friendly, allowing the student to come into town for the didactic (in-classroom) portions of the course, and then return home to work on their internship. If I live too far away, can I sponsor the Lactation Course in my area? Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Orlando, CCSM can bring the Program to your area. To sponsor the CCC Program, you must help secure a training location and promote the Program in your area. If 10 students enroll, the “sponsoring ” student’s course tuition is complimentary.  A great way to earn certification at reduced rate. Does CCSM help me gain my experience? Yes, you will have the option to attend deliveries via the The Birth Center, a free standing birth center owned and operated by Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, as well as connect with patients who are choosing a hospital delivery via The Easy Access Clinic, but we do not take full responsibility to provide all your experience. If I have a friend who is pregnant, will working with her count as experience? Yes, we allow you to count hours towards certification regardless of where the delivery and breastfeeding support takes place. What if I have already attended another training ? Regardless of where or whom you have trained with you will be required to attend Lactation Educator Course  at a Fellowship fee of $135. The Fellowship Student will still be required to meet all CCSM Certification requirements, but may count past experience to meet the requirements. CCSM will evaluate other  Lactation Education Programs on a case by case basis to count. If I enroll in the Lactation Educator am I officially enrolled in the 3 year Midwifery Program? No, you are only enrolled in the Lactation Educator Course. What is the Lab Fee? Covers the cost overseeing the student during the internship time, name badge, business cards,reviewing the Lab Book for certification once turned in.

ONLY USE THIS FORM IF REGISTERING FOR A COURSE, if wanting to ask questions please send an email to kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail:
Thank you for deciding to become a part of the CCSM family. Please be aware that the registration process is a two (2) step process.
1. Fill out the form below indicating the course you are choosing to take, and include in the message field the date and location of the course you are attending.
2. Choose payment option. Once you hit the send button, you will automatically be redirected to the payment page. If mailing a check, the address and where to send it will be provided. If paying by Paypal a form will be available there. Please note that you will need to add a 2.75% admin fee on top of the course fee when using paypal.

YOU ARE ONLY REGISTERED ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVE COMMUNICATION FROM CCSM IN 10 DAYS PLEASE EMAIL: kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

At this time you can only pay for one course at a time, unless paying for the CCC Course in full..

If needing to just ask a question, please go back up to the top of the page under the Midwifery school and there is a tab for general inquiries.

Please select your desired course from the list below and fill in the form below. Thank you for your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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Childbirth Class
Childbirth Education and Certification – The JJ Way®
Certified Childbirth Educator Course 1240
Childbirth EducatorCourse InformationDates/LocationsFeesFAQsRegister for this Course
Becoming a childbirth educator is an extremely rewarding career for those who desire to educate pregnant women about birth processes and their choices.  This is a great career for those who would like to work in the evening or weekends and earn part-time income.  Childbirth Educators are responsible for providing evidence based information and teaching in a non-biased manner.      
Times: 8:30 am to 5:30pm Total hours: 20 clock hours Total Internship hours: 24 clock hours Childbirth Educator Certification Requirements This course will prepare the student to be able to create and teach a childbirth education class. Focus will be on curriculum development and teaching strategies. COURSE OBJECTIVES 1. Explain the importance of evidence-based teaching to today’s expectant parents. 2. Identify the role of the childbirth educator to the expectant families, the professional community and the lay community as a whole. 3. Define the types of learners, their needs and the factors affecting learners’ ability to retain information ~ include preferred methods of learning for today’s expectant parents. 4. Explain the Group Process and how childbirth educators can successfully apply it to their classes. 5. List applicable teaching strategies with generational differences for childbirth classes. 6. Identify strategies for teaching nutritional needs of the pregnant woman 7. Explain methods for teaching proper body mechanics and exercise for the pregnant woman. 8. Discuss the signs of pre-labor and warnings signs of pregnancy, the stages and phases of labor. 9. Explore the Gate Control Theory and the Fear-Tension-Pain Cycle and their impact on teaching. 10. List various comfort measures for labor and birth and describe their benefit. 11. Define techniques for breathing through labor and why they may be beneficial. 12. Explain the benefits of social support for the expectant family. 13. Describe basic teaching techniques with respect to the various classes and audiences. 14. Explain the causes of pain in childbirth and the how pain is viewed by expectant parents and the healthcare team. 15. Identify personal biases and create a risk-benefit teaching approach. 16. Identify verbal/non-verbal triggers, personal biases and their impact on creating a risk-benefit teaching approach. Certification shall be granted to those who choose to complete the requirements below, following the 20 hour training program: Provide proof of high school diploma or GED Complete the required reading list.

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn – Medically Updated, by Simkin, Whalley, and KeppleR
  • Prepared Childbirth – The Educator’s Guide, by Amis and Green
  • Family-Centered Education: The Process of Teaching Birth, by Booth

Non-pregnant participation in a childbirth preparation class. Breastfeeding Classes. Develop a Childbirth Education curriculum: Co-teach or teach a series with an experienced childbirth educator’s evaluation Observe 5 Births: Two letters of recommendation from birth professionals. 

This course is offered 3 times a year.

2017 Dates:

March 18 & 19  Orlando, Florida

June 17 & 18 Orlando, Florida

September 16 & 17 Orlando, Florida

Course Fee $395 Lab Fee $75 Total Course Fee $ 470.00 Payment options are cash, check or Paypal only. Fellowship Program ($135) is available to those with previous training, but seeking certification with CCSM.  Prerequisites required for this Fellowship fee.  You  must have prior formal training with a Certificate of Completion.  Prior approval is required.
Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the Childbirth Educator Course ? No, but we do require a high school diploma or GED. Is the credential of Certified Childbirth Educator “CCE” regulated at a State or Federal Level? No it is not. The Training and Certifications are issued by Commonsense School of Midwifery. Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the Childbirth Educator Course? No, the uniqueness of this program is the flexibility it offers. We have designed these courses to be student friendly, allowing the student to come into town for the didactic (in-classroom) portions of the course, and then return home to work on their internship. If I live too far away, can I sponsor the Course in my area? Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Orlando.  CCSM can bring the Program to their area. To sponsor the Course, you must help secure a training location and promote the Program in your area. If 10 students enroll, the “sponsoring ” student’s course tuition is complimentary. Does not include Enrollment or Lab Fees! A great way to earn certification at reduced rate. Does CCSM help me gain my experience? Yes, if you live in the Orlando are you will have the option to attend deliveries via the The Birth Center, a free standing birth center owned and operated by Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, as well as connect with patients who are choosing a hospital delivery via The Easy Access Clinic, but we do not take full responsibility to provide all your experience. If I enroll in the Course am I officially enrolled in the 3 year Midwifery Program? No, you are only enrolled in the Certified Childbirth Educator Program. The  course is a prerequisites for the 3 year program, but acquiring CBE does NOT guarantee acceptance into the Midwifery Program. What is the Lab Fee? Covers the cost overseeing the student during the internship time, name badge, business cards,reviewing the Lab Book for certification once turned in. 

ONLY USE THIS FORM IF REGISTERING FOR A COURSE, if wanting to ask questions please send an email to kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail:
Thank you for deciding to become a part of the CCSM family. Please be aware that the registration process is a two (2) step process.
1. Fill out the form below indicating the course you are choosing to take, and include in the message field the date and location of the course you are attending.
2. Choose payment option. Once you hit the send button, you will automatically be redirected to the payment page. If mailing a check, the address and where to send it will be provided. If paying by Paypal a form will be available there. Please note that you will need to add a 2.75% admin fee on top of the course fee when using paypal.

YOU ARE ONLY REGISTERED ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM CCSM IN 10 DAYS PLEASE EMAIL: kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

At this time you can only pay for one course at a time, unless paying for the CCC Course in full..

If needing to just ask a question, please go back up to the top of the page under the Midwifery school and there is a tab for general inquiries.

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COPE Bemidji, MN
Graduates of COPE – The JJ Way® training, Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming organization, Bemidji, MN
Community Outreach Perinatal Educator Program (COPE)
COPECourse InformationDates/LocationsFeesFAQsRegister for this Course
COPE – The JJ Way® education provides… The purpose of the Community Outreach Perinatal Education (COPE) program is to improve and promote healthier outcomes for women and babies, and to reduce disparities in perinatal health. Participants that complete the program become Certified Perinatal Educators (CPE) or Community Based Lactation Educators (CBLE). They are then empowered to enter their communities and provide comprehensive perinatal education; support for pregnant women and their families; and breastfeeding education and intervention of breastfeeding problems. The JJ Way® has proven successful. In a study conducted in 2007-2008, The JJ Way® clients were 42% less likely to have a preterm baby, 46% less likely to have a low birth weight baby, and 32% less likely to have a cesarean section in comparison to the averages for Orange County, Florida. Click here for additional information and to view an informative video on the COPE Program.

Training – 48 hours

A culturally sensitive curriculum that includes comprehensive training on community-based Doula, Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Education for peer-supporters, community health workers, para- professionals and home visitors.  For full course information curriculum, and certification details please click here COPE brochure 2014.  At the end of this educational program, participants will have become proficient and competent Certified Perinatal Educators (CPE) or Community Based Lactation Educators (CBLE).

2016: Orlando, Florida TBA.  Class times are 8:30am-5:30pm. Please contact Kathy Bradley at kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com
Full COPE 48 hours is $1,200.00 (Certified Perinatal Educator – CPE) 3 certifications in one- doula, childbirth educator, lactation educator Breastfeeding COPE  24 hours is $460.00 (Certified Community Based Lactation Educator – CBLE) For Agency or group rates contact Kathy Bradley at kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

Payment Options cash, check or Paypal for individuals only

Payment in Full  or $500 non-refundable deposit and balance due 7 business days prior to the course starting.

Do I have to have any prerequisites to enroll in the COPE Program? No, but we do require a high school diploma or GED. Is the credential of COPE regulated at a State or Federal Level? No it is not. The Training and Certifications are issued by Commonsense School of Midwifery. Do I have to move to Florida to enroll in the COPE Program? No, the uniqueness of this program is the flexibility it offers. We have designed these courses to be student friendly, allowing the student to come into town for the didactic (in-classroom) portions of the course, and then return home to work on their internship. If I live too far away, can I sponsor the COPE Program in my area? Yes, we have designed the program for those who have difficulties coming to Orlando.  CCSM can bring our Program to your area. To sponsor the COPE Program, you must help secure a training location and promote the Program in your area. If 11 students enroll, the “sponsoring ” student’s course tuition is complimentary.  A great way to earn certification at reduced rate. Does COPE require internship experience? No, COPE was designed originally for agencies wanting to further equip their workers with maternal health education and skills that would make a difference in work they were hired to do.  Agencies have the option to add the Lab Package and require their staff to gain experience prior to certification. If I enroll in the COPE Program am I officially enrolled in the 3 year Midwifery Program? No, you are only enrolled in the COPE Program. The three courses comprising the COPE Program are prerequisites for the 3 year program, but acquiring COPE does NOT guarantee acceptance into the Midwifery Program. Do I have to pay the full tuition at one time? Yes, The course has to be paid in full prior to the course start date, including the Lab Fee if they apply.

ONLY USE THIS FORM IF REGISTERING FOR A COURSE, if wanting to ask questions please send an email to kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail:
Thank you for deciding to become a part of the CCSM family. Please be aware that the registration process is a two (2) step process.
1. Fill out the form below indicating the course you are choosing to take, and include in the message field the date and location of the course you are attending.
2. Choose payment option. Once you hit the send button, you will automatically be redirected to the payment page. If mailing a check, the address and where to send it will be provided. If paying by Paypal a form will be available there. Please note that you will need to add a 2.75% admin fee on top of the course fee when using paypal.

YOU ARE ONLY REGISTERED ONCE PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM CCSM IN 10 DAYS PLEASE EMAIL: kathy.ccsmidwifery@gmail.com

At this time you can only pay for one course at a time, unless paying for the CCC Course in full..

If needing to just ask a question, please go back up to the top of the page under the Midwifery school and there is a tab for general inquiries.

Please select your desired course from the list below and fill in the form below. Thank you for your interest, we will be in touch soon.

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Other Programs The JJ Way® Institute has developed training programs for interested parties wishing to add a JJ Way component or License to an existing practice. Please email ccsmidwifery@gmail.com for more details. School of Midwifery
The School of MidwiferyCourse InformationFeesPrerequisitesFAQsGeneral Inquiries
Childbirth School of midwifery the birth placeCommonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery is located at 213 S. Dillard St Suite 340 Winter Garden, Florida 34787 and is licensed through Florida Department of Education, school #4052.  CCSM has offered the Three-year Program for non-nurse or direct-entry midwives and the Four Month Pre-licensure Program for foreign-trained and out-of-state licensed or certified midwives since 2009. The three-year midwifery program leads to a Diploma in Midwifery and, after passing the NARM (North American Registry of Midwives) exam, an opportunity to become a Florida Licensed Midwife (LM) affording practice in Florida under Chapter 467 FS and the ability to provide prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum services in out-of-hospital settings for Florida families. Candidates may also apply for the nationally accredited credential Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) after passing the NARM.

MISSION STATEMENT:

Our mission is to provide access to quality, practical, and culturally sensitive midwifery training and education that will prepare midwives of caliber who can represent themselves and their profession in any arena. We aim to inspire our students to become perinatal leaders in the maternal child health field, willing to provide access to maternity care for all communities and to educate and empower women and families so that they can once again experience ‘their birth, their way’.

The Midwives Model of Care ™ 

The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

Copyright (c) 1996-2008, Midwifery Task Force, Inc., All Rights Reserved.

 Please email Kathy.bradley@commonsensemidwifery.org for more information.

(Kindly do not call the clinic or birth center for school related business, or send messages via Facebook – contact us via Kathy.bradley@commonsensemidwifery.org, thanks). 

We are a private school and a new class starts every 3 years.  Our current class that started in September 2015 is scheduled to graduate in 2018.  In the meantime please see the prerequisites tab and begin taking the Childbirth Consultant  Courses.  This certificate program will quickly get you working with expectant families and attending deliveries in preparation for midwifery school.  The 3 courses are offered many times through out the year.
Tuition for a Three-year Program is $19,320 and $5,250 for the Four Month Program, we do not have any provision for student financial aid at this time. (Tuition for the Clinical Externship program for students enrolled in other midwifery programs is $10.65 per clock hour with a minimum 120 hours per session) There are no upcoming orientations scheduled at this time.   You are highly encouraged to register for the Childbirth Consultant Courses to prepare for a future in midwifery. The best way to reach the school is via Kathy.bradley@commonsensemidwifery.org .

Prerequisites for the program include

  • anatomy and physiology at the  community college level or through CCSM
  • 3 credits in both college  English and Math
  • 4 hour HIV and CPR training.
  • Doula Certification  (offered through CCSM)
  • Childbirth Educator  Certification (offered through CCSM)
  • Lactation Educator Certification (offered through CCSM)

We encourage you to start with the Doula Course first, then Childbirth Educator or Lactation Educator Courses, but you can take in any order. This will start off your career and give you a feel of how it is to work and support childbearing families.

When I graduate, what is my certification? How will I be allowed to practice? The three year midwifery program prepares students to sit for the NARM exam (see www.narm.org). With a passing score, the student becomes a Certified Professional Midwife. In Florida, the student will also be able to become licensed by the State after graduation from CCSM and passing the NARM. If you live in another state, you will need to research the licensing and practicing laws and rules particular to your state. For more information, go to http://mana.org/about-midwives/state-by-state. What is the difference between a CNM a LM and a CPM? Certified Nurse Midwives have a degree in nursing before beginning a graduate degree in midwifery. Certified Professional Midwives are those that are direct-entry into midwifery school (such as CCSM) and take the NARM exam. Licensed Midwives are usually non-nurse midwives that are licensed in their states. States have different criteria for licensing. See www.mana.org and www.acnm.org for more information. Do I have to find my own preceptor? CCSM will help you find a preceptor near you, but cannot guarantee a placement. It is highly advised that you research your area and be aware of midwives practicing in your area that might be willing to take you as a student. Do you offer financial assistance? No, currently we offer no financial assistance and no government loans can be applied to your CCSM schooling. Is CCSM MEAC accredited? Currently, it is not MEAC accredited.  What days are the classes offered? Currently, students have classes on Fridays of each week and are at their clinical sites various days throughout the rest of the week.  Can I work another job while in Midwifery School? Most students find it very difficult to work while in school. The demands of the course work and a clinical site do not leave much time for another job. We advise talking to other midwifery students about their schedules and their home life before making the decision to enroll in school.

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