On Wednesday, Duchess of Cambridge made a personal visit to a science lab to raise awareness of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Kate toured Imperial College in London and heard about the work that national charity Tommy’s are undertaking to reduce rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.
For the engagement today, the Duchess opted for a blue floral mask, blue cashmere jumper, keeping her newly-lightened hair in its signature bouncy blow-dry. She accessorised her outfit with the Alia Hoops from Spells of Love.
To mark Baby Loss Awareness Week, Kate was introduced to parents who have been supported by the charity and gone on to have rainbow babies, a baby born after a previous loss. Baby Loss Awareness week seeks to end the stigma around pregnancy loss.
She met with Obiele and Nii-Addy Laryea who lost two babies in pregnancy before coming to Tommy’s clinic in London. The Duchess also met children who have been born thanks to specialist care at Tommy’s research clinics.
Miscarriages are much more common than most people think. In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth.
Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research offers specialist care for women and couples experiencing pregnancy losses.
Professor Phillip Bennett, director of the Institute and Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial, said about the visit: “One in four women experience a 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.
“By finding the root causes of miscarriage, we can take steps to stop it from happening.
“For example, we know that around half of all early miscarriages are not due to genetic abnormalities. So there must be underlying causes that we can treat.”