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Mary Cronk

Mary Cronk

Mary Cronk is greatly respected by her colleagues and by women and their families. She is also admired for her kindness, her common sense and her forthright steadfast views. Mary’s philosophy on midwifery has always been radical in its truest sense.

Mary trained as a nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She then trained as a midwife at Queen Charlotte’s in London. She has worked for over 40 years as a midwife and her career has been more exciting and varied than most.

She married Joe in 1957 and, as a domiciliary midwife, did her rounds on a bike carrying her sparklet oxygen cylinders with her. Joe built a boat and sailed to the Mediterranean with his family where they spent the next four and a half years.

On returning to the UK Mary worked as a domiciliary midwife. She retired from NHS practice in 1991 to set up her own practice as an independent midwife. Mary is particularly experienced in caring for women whose previous experiences have not been good and has developed a great deal of expertise in water births, breech births, twin births and normal births after caesarean sections. Mary has published widely on these and other midwifery issues. Although many of the babies are born at home Mary continues to work closely with her NHS colleagues and attends women in hospital within her practice area in West Sussex. During the course of her career Mary has helped nearly 1600 babies to be born. Every mid-summer Mary hosts a baby party at her home.

Mary has also well served her profession and her colleagues in other ways. She was a midwifery board member of the English National Board and served as an elected midwife member for England on the former United Kingdom Central Council where her midwifery knowledge and expertise on the Midwifery Committee, the Professional Conduct Committee and the Health Committees was invaluable. Mary has continued to act as a professional panellist of the fitness to practice committees for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Mary was a member of the Council of the RCM from September 1999 to August 2003.

Mary is passionate about midwives, midwifery and women. Nothing has ever stopped her working to improve standards for both women and midwives and her fight against the routine active management of labour is legendary.