Jo came to midwifery as a second career following employment 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. She has enhanced her practice through ongoing study and development and is Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) and Newborn Life Support (NLS) trained. She has also completed her postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.
As part of her community healthcare roles, Jo developed a passion for teaching to expectant and new parents, consolidating her NHS practice with a hypnobirthing qualification. 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 teaching staff in 2019. Jo is currently Course Leader for the BSc Midwifery (shortened) programme but teaches across all midwifery modules and programmes.
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. Jo is completing a dissertation for her Public Health Nursing MSc looking at the evidence surrounding support for women’s dietary choices throughout pregnancy and lactation.