Kate, Princess of Wales, 40, recently visited the maternity unit of the Royal Surrey County Hospital and spoke about the pressure she and her husband faced during the all-important name-picking process.
New parents were fast to connect with the royal, says the deputy director of the midwifery, Amy Stubbs who showed Princess Catherine around.
“She was very relatable. She talked a lot about how it felt for her when she became a mother,” Stubbs stated.
As a mum of three, having given birth to Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, Kate had a solid base to draw from while meeting new parents and hospital personnel and sharing her own experience.
“She just really talked about her own children including how they chose their names. A lot of the new mums and dads are thinking about how to choose names for their babies, and they spoke with her about how Kate and William made their choice,” explained Stubbs.
“She said they were their favorite names and that obviously the world was waiting for them to name their children — and that felt like quite a big pressure!”
Kate, Princess of Wales, visited the Guilford hospital with the goal of advancing her understanding of the best practices in maternity care, as she works with healthcare professionals to make sure further improvements are available for mothers and children across the UK.
“She was just delightful. She spent a lot of time talking to a lot of the staff and meeting mums and dadas and new babies across the whole service,” says deputy director Stubbs. “It was a really joyful for everyone to have that opportunity and hugely validating for us as a service for her to take the time out to visit us.”
This isn’t Kate’s first foray into the field, having launched the Centre for Early Childhood in June 2021 and continues to advocate for the importance of early childhood development.
“She was particularly interested in maternal mental health and how we are supporting maternal mental wellbeing through pregnancy and in the early post-natal periods, she particularly spent a lot of time talking to staff and families about that aspect of care and how that felt for them,” states Stubbs.
Inspired by her own experiences, Princess Kate has focused much of her work in the past few years on mothers, babies and early childhood,
In recent years, much of Princess Kate’s work has been focused on early childhood development, which has been inspired by her own experiences as a mother of three, even having revealed turning to “hypnobirthing” for all three of her deliveries while navigatingnavigating hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness during each pregnancy.
Meanwhile, Princess Kate stepped out once again of Thursday. She and Prince William made a surprise visit to Northern Ireland to visit cross-community organizations that focus on supporting people from all backgrounds.
For the outing, the Prince and Princess of Wales coordinated in elegant blue ensembles. Kate opted for navy trousers with a sky blue silk pussy-bow blouse from Winser London, combined with Gianvito Rossi navy suede, pointed-toe pumps (the same she wore yesterday).
The one-day trip marked the Prince and Princess of Wales’s first appearance in the country under their new titles since the Queen’s death on September 8th.