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 and certified Body Ready Method Pro, 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.
Having Jo Ann as our Doula was such an amazing experience, we definitely plan to work with her again in the future! Around 20 weeks my anxiety about giving birth started to set in and a friend recommended her to us. Having her support and guidance helped both my husband and I go from feeling unsure and uniformed about the birth process to feeling empowered and confident! The One Strong Mama course she recommended was a huge help in alleviating the aches and pains of pregnancy and also lended itself to a smoother recovery after a very long and tiring birth process. Her knowledge and information not only helped us to have better conversations with our medical providers, but also better conversations with each other about what we wanted. When things got hard and took unexpected turns, we could easily get ahold of Jo Ann and she was instrumental in helping us navigate the challenges we faced. Her support was invaluable to us and I can't say enough great things about our experience. Not to mention all the postpartum resources she provided to help with any follow up care we were interested in getting. Thank you Jo Ann for all that you do!!
- Caitlyn L.
Jo Ann was nothing short of AMAZING. I decided to hire a doula late in my pregnancy (34ish weeks) and I looked into over a dozen doula's and interviewed several. I hadn't felt like I found the 'right fit' until I spoke with Jo Ann. I loved her calm demeanor, constant encouragement and best of all, how empowered she made me feel. She offered an enormous amount of resources, meetings with one another to prepare for my VBAC delivery and everything in between. I felt like I was in control of our birth plan. I never once felt like I was being judged for choosing to do things a certain way. One of my favorite things that Jo Ann told me early on is "it's great to have a birth plan in place but with new information, that plan may change and THAT IS OKAY." This was huge in our personal story because so many 'unexpected's' came up and we just pivoted and kept pressing forward. Coming off a c-section with our first child just 15 months prior, I was determined to have a VBAC delivery with our second child. Jo Ann encouraged the One Strong Mama program, which I think was detrimental to our success. At 36 weeks gestation, we learned baby was breech. Two days later, Jo Ann was at my house with my husband and I working on alignment and positioning to help make room for baby to turn on it's own. I am certain that without Jo Ann and her plethora of knowledge, our birth story would have been very different. At 37 weeks gestation, baby had successfully flipped on it's own- hallelujah! We kept pressing forward. At 39 weeks gestation, I tested positive for covid (another devastating road block that Jo Ann was there to help us navigate through). At 39w5d, my OB team felt it was best to induce due to significant decreased fetal movement. Thankfully, I had begun laboring that very same day. Due to hospital restrictions, Jo Ann was unable to be there however, was still able to offer support via phone and FaceTime if desired. I delivered a very healthy baby boy weighing in at 8lb 13oz with just 5 minutes of pushing and 4 contractions! I want to make a note that the OB who delivered my first child had told me that my pelvis was just too small to deliver my first vaginally... she weighed just 7lb 1oz. I have absolutely no doubt that this was thanks to Jo Ann and the program/s she had me following to prepare for the birth. We are forever grateful that we had Jo Ann on our team for the delivery of our sweet babe. Like I said earlier, I am confident that this would not have been the same birth story without her. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Jo Ann for being there for us and helping us and supporting us through our pregnancy and delivery. You will forever have a special place in our hearts. ❤️
- Taylor D.
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.