Katie is a South African midwife. After training at the University of Cape Town, time was spent at Groote Schuur the leading tertiary hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
Following time in both London and Cape Town working as a midwife, in 1996 she started her private Midwifery practice, Birth Options in Cape Town. During the 12 years in practice she was involved with clinical teaching both of Masters Midwifery students and student midwives. She was instrumental in developing an Active Birth Unit at a local government hospital enabling more women in Cape Town to access a better birth experience.
A six month sabbatical from the practice in 2009 found her on the Africa Mercy, a floating hospital ship that meets the surgical needs of the poorest of the poor in West Africa run by the Mercy Ships Organisation. This was Katie’s first experience of caring for obstetric fistula patients. These devastated, outcast women grabbed her heart.
A six month sabbatical turned into a life of adventure. She went home, handed over the practice to colleagues and headed to Sierra Leone in West Africa to develop a Maternity Unit at the Fistula Hospital in Freetown. Three years later after time in the Fistula Hospital and the government Maternity Hospital in Freetown, she crossed from West Africa to join the team of Maternity Africa based in East Africa, led by Dr. Andrew Browning. She is now Midwifery Tutor and Supervisor for Maternity Africa based at Selian Lutheran Mission Hospital in Arusha Tanzania.
She has a Masters in Midwifery, has presented at International Midwifery conferences and spoken prolifically in South Africa on the role and skill of midwives.
The Mummies, Midwives and babies of Africa continue to be her abiding passion.