joanneOriginally from England, where she is a registered nurse and health visitor, Joanne has been working with families for nearly 15 years. In the UK every family has a health visitor who provides support and advice from pregnancy until their child is five years old. Joanne has been in Portland since 2009, teaching infant massage and working extensively with families providing lactation and postpartum support. Joanne is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula. She is passionate about providing support, time and advice to enable families to discover their own parenting styles and achieve their goals.

Joanne teaches newborn care and breastfeeding education at OHSU and is the Global Coordinator for the Big Latch On. The Big Latch On is a World Breastfeeding Week celebration, that brings together communities and develops support for families. Read more about the Big Latch On here.

In Wellington, NZ Joanne was a Clinical Nurse Educator for Resuscitation and she is now an American Heart Association Instructor for Basic Life Support and Heartsaver.


Joanne Edwards, RN (UK&NZ) RHV (UK), BN (HONS), IBCLC, CPD (Cappa), CEIM.

Professional Qualifications:


  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • BLS Instructor American Heart Association and NZRC Instructor
  • Certified Educator of Infant Massage
  • CAPPA Postpartum Doula
  • Massage In Schools Instructor, M.I.S.P
  • Postgraduate Certificate Advanced Nursing Practice University of Sunderland.
  • Effective Communications course facilitator
  • Speakeasy (FPA UK) facilitator
  • Foundations in Homeopathy
  • Heart Manual Facilitator and 7Steps to Healthy Eating Facilitator
  • Nurse Prescribing Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Bachelor of Nursing Honours. (1999), University of Liverpool 4yr degree including: Registered Nurse – Adult (11/98); Specialist Practitioner – Public Health Nursing / Health Visiting July 1999; ENB 998 Teaching and assessing in clinical practice.


Joanne attends regular professional trainings to ensure her knowledge and care remain up to date and she can continue to provide high quality services.

Joanne is not registered as a nurse in Oregon or USA.

What Our Clients Say

Joanne supported me in learning how to breastfeed during the first few days and weeks after a long labor. 
She determined through a very thorough initial assessment that our son had a tongue tie, which we were then able to remedy right away. She made me laugh and helped me remember to take care of myself, which created more ease postpartum.

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