Kate Middleton makes personal visit to pregnancy charity – ‘Heartbreaking times for women’


KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE paid a personal visit to charity Tommy’s on Wednesday to see the work the organisation is doing to tackle the heartbreaking issue of pregnancy loss.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s latest royal visit helped raise awareness around a heartbreaking issue. The Duchess attended a research centre run by pregnancy charity Tommy’s on Wednesday to see the work being done to tackle issues including pregnancy loss, stillbirth and premature birth.

The royal was praised for raising awareness by visiting Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research during Baby Loss Awareness week.

Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English tweeted: “The Duchess of Cambridge has today visited a centre in West London to hear about the work that national charity Tommy’s are doing to reduce rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth as part of #BabyLossAwarenessWeek”

One fan responded to the visit on Twitter: “So important to highlight these heartbreaking times for so many couples and women.”

Another wrote:  “Such an important visit for an important cause! Can’t wait to see her and hear more about her visit.”

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Kate Middleton (Image: PA)

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Kate Middleton: The Duchess made an important visit during Baby Loss Awareness Week (Image: GETTY)

A third fan gushed: “Oh good a heartbreaking time, we ought to have more awareness on the impact of women.

“I also didn’t know til recently misscarriage is a long process and can last days.”

Baby Loss Awareness week seeks to end the stigma around pregnancy loss that affects 1 in 4 women in the UK.

The week aims to provide connection, recognition and commemoration for bereaved parents and to increase a national understanding of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss.

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Kate Middleton: Kate wore a Tommy’s branded lab coat as she spoke to charity researchers (Image: GETTY)

During her visit, the Duchess heard about the groundbreaking work Tommy’s is doing to help find solutions to prevent pregnancy loss and to support women and their partners at every stage of their pregnancy.

As well as speaking to families who had been affected by pregnancy loss, Kate also heard from staff at Tommy’s about the work the charity does to support bereaved parents.

The Duchess was introduced to Obiele and Nii-Addy Laryea who lost two babies in pregnancy before coming to a Tommy’s clinic in London.

At the clinic the team performed a cervical stitch operation that kept their now two-year-old son Tetteh-Kwei safe in the womb until he was old enough to survive.

Kate also met children who had been born thanks to the specialist care at Tommy’s national research centres.

The Duchess also met Sarah and Adam Carrick who had their first son Brodie in 2015, but then experienced four miscarriages in quick succession.

They were referred to Tommy’s and welcomed Ari last year.

Kate  heard from Shema Tariq who lost her first son Altair due to a rare placenta condition.

Following ground-breaking treatment from Tommy’s in Manchester, she welcomed second son Faris in December 2018 and daughter Lyra in April this year.

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Kate Middleton: the Duchess heard about the work Tommy’s is doing to tackle pregnancy loss and support bereaved parents (Image: GETTY)

Kate wore a floral face mask and a white lab coat featuring the Tommy’s logo during the visit.

She also met medical experts during her visit to the Institute of Reproductive and Development Biology at Imperial College London – which is part of Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research.

She heard how they are working to understand the science behind baby loss in order to prevent it.

In the UK, one in four pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth.

Each year, there are around 250,000 miscarriages and 11,000 ectopic pregnancies, while 3,000 babies are stillborn and 2,000 die shortly after birth.

Kate learned about the Covid-19 trials under way which are designed to better understand the risks of the virus to pregnant women and their babies.

The duchess was presented with a special Tommy’s candle, designed by Plum & Ashby, to allow her to take part in the global Wave of Light event to mark the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week at 7pm on Thursday.

Candles will be lit across the world to remember all babies lost, and people can join in by sharing their candle on social media using #WaveOfLight.

Baby Loss Awareness Week is now in its 18th year and aims to give bereaved parents the chance to commemorate their babies’ lives, as well as raising awareness.

Director of the Institute and Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial,

Professor Phillip Bennett,said: “One in four women experience miscarriage at least once in their reproductive lifetime, and most never find out why because healthcare professionals often simply don’t know; this can and must change.