Keele pays tribute to retired midwifery lecturer

Tributes have been paid to Carmen Anderson, a retired midwifery lecturer from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, who has sadly passed away.

Carmen was described by her former colleagues as gentle and very supportive of all her students, who took great pride in being a midwife. Carmen promoted and advocated anti-discriminatory and anti-racist behaviour, respecting the rights and freedoms of all.

Dr Heather Ingram, Lead Midwife for Education, said: “Carmen took great care of her students, helping to develop the midwifery and neonatal programmes in the School of Nursing and Midwifery as well as embedding interprofessional learning within the programme until her retirement in 2016. Her sense of humour and laughter is missed by all.”

Professor Patricia Owen, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “All of us in the School of Nursing and Midwifery have very fond memories of Carmen and we are very sad in losing such an advocate for equality and women-centred care, a great educationalist and midwife but most of all a lovely person.”

Midwives working locally with Carmen have also paid their tributes.

Julie Day, a former colleague, said: “Carmen was always happy, had a smile and an infectious giggle. I worked with Carmen in different departments within the Royal Stoke University Hospital throughout her midwifery career, until she went into the education side of midwifery. I was Carmen's Supervisor of Midwives for many years. I always looked forward to our annual meetings, I always came away with material to read and felt I had been updated and inspired.

“Carmen was passionate about midwifery and had an enormous knowledge of research and up to date information to enhance midwifery practice. She was an inspiration to colleagues and students. She will be missed, my thoughts are with her family at this sad time.”

Shirley Rowley said Carmen was “one of the nicest people she had ever met and that she was approachable, friendly and was always happy to help”, and Anette McCann worked with Carmen when she was a Clinical Midwife on the delivery suite, and said she was an advocate for women’s choice and will remember her infectious laugh and big grin.

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