Since the loss of Jasmine, Jo has been passionate about setting up Mothers' Instinct, feeling that Mums and Dads must be listened to and communicated with clearly when their child is ill, and that sharing the wisdom gained from experience can help to encourage this
“I believe Mother's Instinct will grow, and the more bereaved parents who join together in our campaign, the louder our voice will be. We want members of the public and the NHS to contact us with their views, stories, and advice, to share the learning that comes from them, for the benefit of all"
Joanne is the first point of contact for anyone who wants to get in touch with the Mothers' Instinct Group.
“I will be pleased to hear from anyone who wants to share a story for learning, get involved with the group, work with us on a project or ask for our help with theirs, support us, provide their views or expertise, or parents who need support because the worst has happened. Nobody out there must go through the trauma of losing a child in these types of circumstances feeling alone.”
Joanne is involved with various projects with paediatric care providers and hopes NHS teams will embrace more and more the opportunity for parental input into both paediatric care training and improvements, and the management of learning from events, that the Mothers' Instinct group can provide, instead of closing doors and shutting out bereaved families, the practice that seems all too prominent.
Joanne misses Jasmine every day. The pain she feels continuously from being cruelly separated from Jasmine never diminishes. She finds her work through Mothers' Instinct helps her 'stay standing', both through meeting other people, and striving to make a difference on behalf of all the children and familes affected.