Jo registered as a Midwife in 2006 after graduating from Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Essex with a first class honours degree. Jo has worked in all areas of Midwifery, starting her career at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, East London, where she worked across the acute maternity settings in one of the most deprived and culturally diverse communities in the United Kingdom. In 2008, Jo started working at West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, within the community team based in Sudbury, where Jo took the lead for teenage pregnancies and vulnerable women. Jo was responsible for a small caseload of women, caring for them throughout the childbearing continuum, including supporting and promoting homebirths.
In November 2010, Jo opened the Midwifery-Led Birthing Unit at West Suffolk Hospital, the founding member of the original core team of midwives responsible for caring for women using this service. During this time, she worked to achieve true women centered care, optimising their birthing experience, promoting and facilitating normal birth, including waterbirth and introducing West Suffolk midwives to the power of hypnosis for childbirth. Jo undertook the NHS Leadership Academy programme during 2010-2011 and presented the Birthing Unit's first annual statistics to Heads of Midwifery across the East of England as part of her final assessment.
Jo is a qualified hypnobirthing instructor and a member of the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT) and has taught privately since 2013.
Jo has also worked as the Clinical Practice Facilitator Midwife at West Suffolk Hospital, supporting midwifery students in practice placement and ensuring high quality mentorship during clinical placements. She has been in her current role as Midwifery Lecturer since October 2016 and still holds a temporary contract at West Suffolk Hospital, enabling her to continue to provide clinical care during the intrapartum and early postnatal period to women and their babies.
Jo has recently completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) at the University of Suffolk and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). During her post graduate study, Jo has chosen to focus her research on improving emotional intelligence amongst midwifery students and the link between emotional intelligence and future resilience in the workplace.
Teaching and Other Responsibilities
Jo facilitates student-centered learning, teaching and assessment in midwifery on both pre-registration and shortened midwifery courses. She is module lead for three academic modules and one practice module, preparing the final year students for transition to qualified practitioner. She is also a link lecturer supporting staff and students in practice at West Suffolk Hospital.
Jo has recently been involved in the writing of three book chapters of a textbook for student midwives, due for publication this year.