Friday November 8, 2002


Dame Karlene Davis, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science (HonDSC) by the University of Greenwich on Friday, November 1. She has become one of the most senior black women in the health profession and the country’s first black woman trade union leader.

Born and raised in Jamaica, Dame Karlene came to the UK to train as a nurse and later as a midwife before going on to teach midwifery, rising through the ranks of her profession to where she is today.

Dame Karlene aims to see midwives acknowledged as the “lead professionals in maternity care, working together to enhance the wider public health both nationally and internationally”. She is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery, Regional Representative for Europe in the International Confederation of Midwives, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Wellbeing Council at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Her distinguished career was recognised last year by being made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to midwifery and the NHS. She dedicated the honour to the many hardworking midwives for the care they have given to British mothers.


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