Let’s Strengthen and Develop a Perinatal Workforce to Mitigate Maternal and Infant Mortality in the USA

We are dedicated to creating and empowering a robust perinatal workforce which can address the fact that America lags far behind other developed nations when it comes to maternal and infant mortality. Our birth outcomes are unconscionable and are now worsening as the numbers of mothers lost, or nearly-lost, during pregnancy birth and postpartum are rising.

For mothers, the US 2018 maternal mortality rate was 20.7 per 100,000 births, with approximately 50, 000 near-miss events. The gap between races, however, continues to be stark with Black/African American women and Native American women dying at 3- 4 times the rate of white or Hispanic women.

For babies, the number of infant deaths (before age 1) in 2018 was 5.9 per 1,000 live births, demonstrating a long-awaited drop in infant mortality. Unfortunately the USA still ranks worse among developed nations for infant deaths and again the racial disparity, particularly for black babies, is on average twice as high as it is for white babies.

Get In – Get Ready – Get Excited!

If you are looking for dynamic educational modules that ignite and support your passion for healthy moms and babies, Commonsense Childbirth Institute is here to meet that need. Whether you are just beginning your journey in maternal health or have long-served women as a perinatal medical care provider, our programs are designed to make it easy for you to reach your goals and fulfill on your dreams. We utilize technology to bring you a ‘community-centered’ training model which integrates YOUR community, YOUR resources and most importantly, helps put YOU to work. Whether you’re a novice or seeking continuing education as an experienced professional, Commonsense Childbirth Institute offers online, in-person and distance learning modules and certifications for every type of student and situation.

Our JJ Way® Programs Come with a Lifetime Certification

No Recertification is Required

Our JJ Way® program graduates are ultimately systems navigators and are astute perinatal professionals who can create safety inside of the sometimes toxic and lethal environments, the social determinants of health and the materno-toxic zones in which women and families live. We consider our perinatal providers to be protective agents who are prepared to advocate strongly for women and families where necessary, recognizing their inherent dignity and supporting their empowerment in order to save lives. Our belief is that certified perinatal professionals are the sentinels of safe birth outcomes in situations where safety is not afforded or guaranteed due to race class, gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other type of marginalization.

Webinars and Training

Commonsense Childbirth Institute offers webinars and trainings on a variety of topics, such as:


  • COPE – community outreach perinatal education
  • Community health workers to impact change in maternal child health
  • Addressing and improving racial disparities in health
  • Professional burnout / vicarious trauma for community providers
  • Self-care / collective care for sustainability and longevity in the work
  • Grassroots organizing


  • JJ Way® license/accreditation for Easy Access Clinics and/or Community-based Maternity Centers/ Maternity Medical Homes
  • Clinical practice The JJ Way® – for MCH licensed practitioners
  • Collaborative practice The JJ Way® – for MCH perinatal providers
  • Midwifery Skills and Core Competency workshops
  • Building your private practice
  • Private consulting – midwifery, birth centers, clinics

Parents / Consumers:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum concerns
  • Women’s health
  • Childbirth education

Many of our online courses are supported by live, in-person, small group webinars to enhance learning. We also offer live events and / or recorded webinars at a low one-time fee or free of charge.

Continuing Education 

Commonsense Childbirth Institute offers affordable Continuing Education Credits. A Continuing Education Credit or Unit (CEC or CEU) is a measure used in continuing education programs to assist the professional to maintain his or her license in their profession.