Jo came to midwifery in 2010 as a second career following a decade employed in the IT industry within software development management. Graduating from the University of Surrey, Jo initially worked as a rotational midwife across all clinical areas before settling in the community where she developed skills in building and maintaining relationships with families and supporting birth in home and birth centre environments. Jo has enhanced her practice through ongoing study and development; she is a qualified mentor and is Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) and Newborn Life Support (NLS) trained.
As part of the community midwife role, Jo developed a passion for teaching antenatal classes to expectant parents, consolidating her NHS practice with a hypnobirthing qualification in 2016. Aiming to further develop her teaching skills, Jo went on to complete a PGCert in Medical and Healthcare Education. She subsequently secured Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and joined the University of Suffolk as an Associate Lecturer in 2019.
More recently Jo has completed her postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. She is commencing a dissertation for her Public Health Nursing MSc looking at the midwife-health visitor relationship in supporting the public health agenda.
Jo's interests focus on low-risk midwifery care, particularly antenatal and postnatal care in the community setting. She is also interested in changing attitudes towards nutrition in pregnancy, and the midwife-woman therapeutic relationship, particularly the influence of the midwife's personal constructs of birth on their training and practice.