Continued Professional Development & Affiliations
After working in the public sector for most of my career I developed a burning passion to highlight the importance of experiences during birth and the perinatal period and saw the huge value of continuity of care, which is often lost. I have worked with families for nearly 20 years now through roles as a nursery nurse, later in infant feeding and I have also qualified as a Breastfeeding Counsellor.
I worked for 10 years within the Health Visiting team, initially as a community Nursery Nurse then as an Infant Feeding advisor. In this role I worked as part of a small team of four to achieve Stage three Baby Friendly accreditation for the service. The other part of my role was to provide a specialist infant feeding service. I loved this work, but longed to provide continuity of care and to be able to support women and their families for as long as they needed the support.
I trained with developing Doulas in 2020, this has enabled me to cement all my skills and experience and channel them in a way that I can support families to feel placed at the centre of their decisions to make informed choices that are right for them. I can honestly say that I love what I do! Working as a doula has enabled me to consolidate my skills, but provide the continuity of care that I have longed to give.
- Recognised with Doula UK as a postnatal Doula June 2021
- Three Step Rewind Practitioner training May 2021
- Registered with Doula UK as a mentored Doula 2020
- ABM Breastfeeding Counsellor 2020
- Developing Doulas Preparation course 2020
- Consent in birth workshop 2020
- Paediatric and Child First Aid, Level three training 2020
- Tavistock Perinatal Mental Health two day Champions Training 2019
- CAMHs Child and Adolescent mental health Foundation module 2019
- Level 3 Safeguarding Training 2019
- Restricted Lingual Frenulum (Tongue tie) Assessment training with Luisa Lyons 2018
- Tongue Tie Workshop with Sarah Oakley 2018
- In 2018 I developed and wrote the Introducing family Foods sessions delivered by Health Visiting teams across the county and delivered the training to staff.
- Attended the Breastfeeding network Annual Conference 2017
- Attended the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers annual conference 2017, 2018, 2019 &2020
- Brazilton Newborn Observation Training 2016
- Conflict resolution training 2016
- Five to thrive 2016
I hold a full Enhanced DBS certificate, which is registered with the update service and am fully insured.
“If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess in labour then someone isn’t treating her right”
Ina May Gaskin
“A doula will be there for you, unconditionally, completely, whenever and whoever you are and whatever you do. And she will move heaven and earth to carry out your wishes.”
As your Doula I will;
Get to know you
Place you at the centre of your decisions
Know that you are the expert on you and your baby
Support you to feel prepared for birth and parenthood, knowing all your options
Listen with compassion
Support you to find the information you need to inform your choices
Respect your decisions
Believe in you
Care for you
Celebrate your transformation to parenthood with you
Antenatal Breastfeeding Preparation
This session is aimed to be delivered during your pregnancy...
Night doula services are available...
I am a registered Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers...
There is little more emotive a subject than the way that we feed our babies...
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Antenatal 4th Trimester Preparation
I have a burning interest in the initial three months following birth, often referred to as ‘The Fourth Trimester’.
As your postnatal doula I will offer practical and emotional support to help you...
Developing Doulas Companionship
Three Step Rewind
Maddie’s Miracle Free Breastfeeding Support Group
I met Jo when my son was 5 days old at a breastfeeding support group as I was struggling in the first few days of feeding and needed help. From the moment I met Jo, I could see how caring she was and passionate about all things feeding. I went to a different group 2 days later for more support where Jo volunteered and continued to go there for support and the social side for months after. Jo gave me advice on changing positions, pumping through my son having to go onto high-calorie milk due to a heart condition and also him having heart surgery at 4 months. Our breastfeeding journey has come to an end after nearly 19 months, and I am so grateful I met Jo as I honestly think without her knowledge, support and genuine passion for feeding I would have given up in those early days.
Mum of Albie
Jo is nothing short of a completely exceptional woman. She was born to support women and this shines through in absolutely everything she does. Her love, care and attention to your well-being is honestly, second to none. Her depth of knowledge, calming presence and attention to every detail that matters to you, is incredible. Jo explores avenues that you may not have even known were an option, yet somehow you never feel like you’re not in the driving seat. One of the things that struck me so much about Jo, is how much she wants you to have the best possible experience, and she never stopped fighting for us and our baby, even when we lost our voice. For anybody reading this who is considering Jo as their Doula, my simple advice would be do not hesitate, to be in Jo’s company is to be in the presence of something truly special.
Mum of Jacob, Henry & Albie
Jo did such a wonderful job looking after both baby and parents during our time together. You can tell that this is more than just a job for Jo - she is such a caring person that being a doula was likely not a choice: she had to be one. We will forever be grateful for the work she did, even if we were jealous of her magic abilities to put our daughter to sleep.
Father of Isabelle