Royal Corner

Kate Offers Support For Baby Loss Awareness Week

Catherine visited met with the charity Tommy's to to hear about the work they are doing to reduce rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.


OCTOBER 14th, 2020

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his week marks Baby Loss Awareness Week and to mark the important event, the Duchess of Cambridge visited The Institute of Reproductive and Development Biology at Imperial College London earlier today.

The Duchess met with representatives from the charity Tommy’s; an incredible organisation which funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, as well as providing pregnancy health information to parents.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited Tommy's research lab at Imperial College London - © AP


The Duchess of Cambridge chats with researchers working at Imperial College London - © AP


The Duchess of Cambridge chats with researchers working at Imperial College London - © AP


Catherine spent time speaking to with families affected by the devastating loss of a child after statistics showed an estimated one in four pregnancies ends in loss either during pregnancy or birth in the UK. She heard about the support the charity provides to bereaved parents and the importance of emotional support for the family as a whole.

The Duchess also heard more about the COVID-19 trails, which are currently taking place at the research centre to help understand the affects and risks of the virus to pregnant women and their babies.



Later on in the engagement, Catherine met with children who had been born due to Tommy’s specialist care programs and clinics. She spoke to Obiele and Nii-Addy Laryea who suffered the tragic loss of two babies in pregnancy before coming to Tommy’s clinic in London.

The team performed a cervical stitch operation, ensuring that their son Tetteh-Kwei – who is now two – safe in the womb until he was old enough to survive.

The Duchess of Cambridge chats with Obiele and Nii-Addy Laryea - © REX


The Duchess of Cambridge chats with families who have been affected by the loss of their child - © AP


The Duchess of Cambridge chats with families who have been affected by the loss of their child - © AP


Catherine has made children, their mental health and wellbeing, one of her main focuses in recent years. Launching the 5 Big Question’s Survey, as well as the BBC’s Tiny Happy People initiative. Both are just a small collection of the work she has been doing.

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