Mavis Kirkham

Mavis Kirkham is part-time Professor of Midwifery at the University of the West of Scotland and holds honorary professorial positions at Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Technology Auckland and the University of Technology Sydney.

Approaching the end of a long career as a researcher and a clinical midwife, she is interested in reflecting and writing on midwifery in its wider context. Her central professional concern is with normal birth: the conditions which foster it and its enabling impact upon mothers, families and midwives. She is fascinated by how birth stories are negotiated and adjusted and the impact of these stories on tellers and hearers. She has a career-long interest in how people cope—as mothers and as workers; she has co-authored Midwives Coping with Loss and Grief with Doreen Kenworthy.