Kirsty’s interest in birth began in 1998 when meeting an independent midwife in the UK influenced her subsequent extensive travels through Sub Saharan Africa.
When living and travelling in Mozambique and Swaziland Kirsty immersed herself in the rich culture. This unique opportunity provided first-hand experience of how women and midwives approached pregnancy, birth and early childcare. Profoundly influenced by the women’s knowledge of traditional midwifery Kirsty returned to Ireland with an ignited passion for birth.
Kirsty trained with the International Association of Infant Massage as a CIMI and Trainer, in an array of holistic therapies for pregnancy, as a doula, Midwife and then as a yoga teacher.
Kirsty worked in the NHS in a large tertiary hospital, in the community and as a case-loading midwife in the UK providing home births and full midwifery care until October 2020 when she returned to Co Kerry from where she now works as a labour ward midwife at University Hospital Kerry and as a self-employed community midwife providing homebirth provision in the area.
Kirsty entwines clinical expertise with complementary practice that is evidence-based providing a holistic package for the journey into motherhood.
For more information on homebirths in Kerry see www.corkandkerryhomebirth.com
Forty Weeks was established in Kinsale, Co Cork in 2002.