The maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are shocking. Meet women who are working to save the lives of mothers and their babies.

By Gabrielle Frank


No woman is turned away from Commonsense Childbirth in Orlando, Florida, no matter her financial status or prenatal risk factors. This open and easy access to prenatal care is just one of the elements of midwife Jennie Joseph’s goal of improving the survival of mothers and their babies.

It’s a method of care that has led Joseph, 59, an internationally-trained professional midwife, to become one of the rising voices in the demand for change in maternal health, especially for mothers of color.

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