We had the good fortune of connecting with Jana Spillers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jana, what matters most to you?
My guiding principle is commitment to my clients. Babies come when they come so I make myself as available as possible, regardless of nights, weekends, holidays…or pandemics. I never stopped providing lactation or postpartum services when the Covid lockdown happened because I am committed to the health and welfare of women and babies. As a Nurse Practioner, I took an oath to practice my profession faithfully. That doesn’t mean I provide care when it is convenient or free of risk. It means that I will continue serving women and babies until I am physically no longer able to do so.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I began my career caring for infants as a tech in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baylor University Medical Center in 2004. I graduated from nursing school and remained at BUMC as an RN until I completed my MSN in 2011. I then took a position as a Neonatal Nurse Practioner at Parkland, where I still work today. I worked throughout my bachelors and masters programs and it was definitely a struggle. I kept the endgame in mind when I felt stressed and overwhelmed. After 12 years in the NICU, I started Bishop Babies in 2016 as a full service baby concierge to provide a comprehensive offering of classes and services to new and expectant families. Stepping out into the world as an entrepreneur was scary after more than a decade of working for someone else. However, I could see the need for the continuity and services I could provide so I took the plunge. I’ve learned that there are gaps in the care and services available to women and their infants in the fragile pregnancy and postpartum period. A multidisciplinary team approach is the only way to care for this dyad. My favorite way to practice is in conjunction with birth doulas, holistic dieticians, midwives, chiropractors, pediatric dentists and other pediatric providers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take a visitor to Bishop Arts. The eclectic nature and small town feel of the neighborhood make this my favorite spot in Dallas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my clients and fellow birth workers for their ongoing trust and support.
Yelp: Bishop Babies