As a professional certified birth and postpartum doula, Jo Ann Bishop supports birthing families as they prepare to welcome their baby. Prenatal visits include comprehensive childbirth education, and practicing of comfort measures and laboring positions so you are well prepared for your birth. Attention is also given to postpartum planning preparation so bringing your baby home flows as smoothly as possible. Virtual support is available for visits, labor and birth. I am sensitive to your vision for your birth and serve you without my own agenda, to support you through labor and birth. I bring mature experience to a sacred event in your life. My support style is to provide you evidence based practices for comfort and care. You are entitled to a physiologic birth mindset in every setting, be it hospital or birth center. Having loving support throughout your labor can make a profound difference in your satisfaction with your birth. As a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner, I will guide you in ways to empower yourself with daily activities, body balancing and smart birth positions for a more comfortable and confident birth.
Bachelor of Arts (1978)
Birth and Postpartum Doula Certification DONA International (2020)
Certified Body Ready Method Pro (2022)
Certified Birth Doula DONA International
Certified Postpartum Doula DONA International
Evidence Based Birth Professional Member
Institute for Breastfeeding and Lactation Education (IABLE) Outpatient Breastfeeding Champion
Spinning Babies Aware Practioner
Unlearning Racism: YWCA Tools for Action Course
Certified Body Ready Method Pro
English, Italian, Spanish
Birth with confidence with experienced doula support.
Jo Ann is truly one of a kind! I knew I wanted to work with a doula before I was pregnant, I could have never imagined the difference this would make throughout my pregnancy, labor/delivery and postpartum. She was such a gift in this special time in our lives! She has such a kind, compassionate and loving spirit coupled with extensive knowledge based in science and experience. We don’t know what we don’t know and having a professional there to equip me, empower me and care for me was priceless in my journey to becoming a mother. In addition to her knowledge and expertise, she also recommended multiple resources that helped in various capacities. I wish all women could have access to such quality support. It has made such a difference for me. She is amazing!
- Ashley P.
I am so grateful to have had Jo Ann’s guidance and support throughout my first pregnancy. I knew I wanted to supplement the guidance and knowledge I’d get from my ob/gyn with that of a doula and Jo Ann was a perfect match for my husband and me. She introduced me to the Spinning Babies movement series which I greatly credit in helping me stay active during my pregnancy and for helping prepare my body for the type of birth I wanted to have. Knowing that my husband and I had Jo Ann just a phone call away throughout my pregnancy and childbirth and in the post partum period gave us both a great sense of relief. She helped us bring our son into the world in an informed, confident manner and I am forever grateful to her.
- Andrea S.