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Press Release: Midwife Jennie Joseph CPM, LM To Speak Across Alabama


Hannah Ellis




February 17, 2013


Midwife Jennie Joseph, CPM, LM To Speak Across Alabama On:

“Best Practices: Closing The Gap

The JJ WAY® - A Model for Reducing Disparities

and Improving Outcomes in Perinatal Health”


The Alabama Birth Coalition continues its work toward the goal of healthy Alabama moms and babies through hosting legendary midwife Jennie Joseph, CPM, LM, on a speaking tour across Alabama to address solutions to racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.  According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama’s black babies die at over double the rates that its white babies do, and black infants continue to be at disproportionate risks for preterm birth and resulting complications.1 

Jennie Joseph, CPM, LM’s model of care, the The JJ WAY®, has been shown to dramatically improve outcomes in an at-risk population.  Her Orlando, Florida midwifery practice was featured in the documentary “No Woman, No Cry” which aired on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.  Mrs. Joseph is a published author and esteemed lecturer.   Among numerous awards and nominations, Jennie Joseph, CPM, LM was awarded the Women’s Resource Center Summit Award in 2007 for her work in reducing disparities and improving outcomes.

The Coalition invites health and social workers and the general public to hear Mrs. Joseph lecture, and to honor Black History Month through viewing Bringin’ In Da Spirit, a documentary which recognizes the contributions of black midwives to public health.  Lecture/film screening events are scheduled in Huntsville, Montevallo, Tuskegee, and Anniston. 

Huntsville: The Village Church, Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:00pm.  The Huntsville event is in partnership with The Village Church. $5 donation at the door.

Montevallo: The University of Montevallo, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00pm.  The Montevallo event is in partnership with The University of Montevallo and BirthWell Partners.  $5 donation at the door/free to University of Montevallo Students and Staff with ID.

Tuskegee: Tuskegee University optional tour at 6:00pm and St. Andrews Episcopal Church 7:30pm for film and lecture, Saturday, February 23, 2013.  The Tuskegee event is in partnership with Tuskegee University’s Department of History and Political Science, The National Park Service and St. Andrews Episcopal Church.   The Tuskegee event is free of charge.

Anniston: Mcclellan’s Restaurant, Sunday February 24, 2013 at 2:30pm.  The Anniston event is in partnership with Cheaha Women's Health and Wellness.  $5 donation at the door. 

For more information on the events, please visit the Alabama Birth Coalition’s web site at www.alabamabirthcoalition.org, or find the organization on Facebook.  For more information on Jennie Joseph, CPM, LM, and the The JJ WAY®, please visit www.jenniejoseph.com.


1. Alabama Perinatal Health Act, Annual Progress Report For Year 2012, Plan For Year 2013. State and Regional Perinatal Advisory Councils and The Bureau of Family Health Services, Alabama Department of Public Health.