Kirsty Lowe

Research Associate (Midwifery)

BSc Midwifery studies, registered midwife

Kirsty has been practicing as a midwife for over 10 years, both in the UK and internationally. Within the NHS, she’s worked across a range of settings including tertiary level referral hospitals, a home birth team, community midwifery services and sexual and reproductive health services.

She worked as a specialist vulnerabilities midwife for Barts Health NHS Trust London, caring for women and girls with complex health and social needs.

Internationally, she worked for a year across north-eastern China within a practice development role, supporting the promotion and implementation of normal birth practices, women-centred care and midwifery-led services. She also mentored and supported midwives and students in a stand-alone birth centre in Bali, Indonesia.
Kirsty has been a volunteer facilitator with the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) at LSTM since 2014, supporting skills sharing and training on Making it Happen course and workshops to improve quality of Antenatal and Postnatal care in Malawi, Kenya, Cambodia and Ghana.

Most recently, Kirsty was deployed to Bangladesh as the midwife and sexual gender based violence focal person for the UK emergency medical team in response to a diphtheria outbreak amongst Rohingya refugees. This was the team’s first deployment since WHO accreditation.

Kirsty has a special interest in addressing the immediate and long-term needs of girls and women in humanitarian settings and is undertaking a Masters in global health with the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester.

During her time at the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health at LSTM, Kirsty will be working within various implementation research projects to improve the capacity of healthcare providers delivering antenatal and postnatal care and to improve the quality of antenatal and postnatal care across countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Research areas:

Knowledge and Skills of Healthcare Providers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia before and after Competency-Based Training in Antenatal and Postnatal care.

International medical volunteers working in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review

Supporting development of key signal functions for Antenatal and Postnatal care


Kirsty has experience in clinical teaching and supervision for midwifery and medical undergraduate students and newly qualified midwives both in the UK and aboard. 

Kirsty has facilitated courses for LSTM both in the UK and overseas for emergency obstetric and newborn care and antenatal and postnatal care.