In 2003 Joni McCann, LM, CPM, CCE opened the Birthing Center of South Florida, a full-service birth center that turns no one away, regardless of ability to pay. Joni was trained at the Miami-Dade midwifery program and holds a post-graduate certificate from the British Institute of Homeopathy. (Side note: the Miami-Dade program was the first in the U.S. to be offered in a public institution; sadly, it has just closed). She is a certified childbirth educator, is fluent in Spanish, and speaks some Haitian Creole. Her practice spans 37 years and between 2500 and 3000 babies.
Joni is featured in a video documentary series published on YouTube by Creative Bird Productions. Catchin’ Babies follows Joni and her assistant Andrea Casas as they strive to educate and empower women through home birth. The series was created to counter the negative stigma attached to home birth. Access the series at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY-rAssiPZokR-c1n-B8unQ.
Midwife of the Week posts, written by Sirene-Rose Lipschutz, originate on FoMM’s Facebook page and are archived here on our website for your continued enjoyment!