Kirsten is a midwife, baker, up cycler and teacher who occasionally takes part in triathlons. Her day job is as a midwifery lecturer at Oxford Brookes University where she engages students’ minds and bodies in exploring issues around pregnancy and birth. Having studied English and Drama way back in the 1970s, drama has now become an integral thread in her midwifery teaching.
She runs a midwifery theatre group, Progress Theatre progresstheatremidwives.com which uses forum theatre to unpack dilemmas and difficulties faced by midwives. This facilitative use of theatre has its roots in South American resistance to oppression and exploitation.
Kirsten is interested in the nature of Nature: how we understand it, value it and delimit it. Natural events, birth and death, frame us all, and both sit at the crossroads between our biological and social selves. She is completing a Masters exploring similarities and differences between these two processes. Kirsten has written and presented a number of papers about the emotional work of midwives and reflexive practice at national and international conferences.
Kirsten can be seen from time to time in fields and gardens cooking pizzas in her free standing wood burning pizza oven. She lives in Oxford with her partner and any combination of their four children who happen to be passing through. She is looking forward to sharing the direction that the Nature Effect takes over the next year.