Dr Karen Morton qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1978. She trained at Cambridge, Oxford, Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital, Chelsea Hospital for Women and St Thomas' Hospital, before becoming a consultant in Guildford in 1991. Prior to becoming a full-time obstetrician and gynaecologist she worked in general medicine and in intensive neonatal care. Her major interests are general benign gynaecology, maternal medicine and labour ward management together with paediatric and adolescent gynaecology. Her instinct is to avoid major surgery if at all possible.