Mary Cronk obituary
My friend and colleague Mary Cronk, who has died aged 86, was a midwife held in high regard by the mothers she cared for. Radical in her approach and compassionate in her practice, she inspired two generations of midwives.
As an NHS community midwife, Mary politely stood up for the women in her care, regularly challenging consultant obstetricians who required all “their patients” to have an episiotomy. She also supported her less brave colleagues who accidentally dropped the scissors rather than perform unnecessary episiotomies and subverted hospital policies to help mothers by means she labelled “doing good by stealth”.