Imagine seeing the Duchess of Cambridge while you were giving birth!
A maternity ward is a very busy place! The old adage that ‘one born every minute’ seems true, with nurses, midwives and doctors giving their all to the women giving birth under their care. But what would you do if while you were experiencing contractions you caught a glimpse of royalty?
Well, Kate Middleton was recently on the front line, completing a two-day work experience in Kingston Hospital’s maternity unit in London.
While no official word has been released about what exactly Kate got up to during her short tenure at the hospital, a source told HELLO! that she "divided her time on the unit, visiting the antenatal, postnatal and labour wards... [and] even went out on a community midwife visit."
Kate pictured during a hospital visit in 2018.
As this engagement was kept under the radar, no photos or statements have been released by Kensington Palace, but People reported that news of Kate’s work experience came to light after details were spotted on an official record of the Royal Family’s engagements, after the fact.
The Court Circular, which details the work of the royal family each week read late last week: “The Duchess of Cambridge, Joint Patron, the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, today completed two days with Kingston Hospital Maternity Unit in London.”
We will let that sink in. The future Queen of England spent two whole days in the ward, assisting those who needed help, supposedly as part of her Early Years project, which aims to provide solid social and emotional foundations for disadvantaged children from birth.
Kate has previously spoken out passionately in support of the Early Years program, saying: “We all know how important childhood is; and how the early years shape us for life. We also know how negative the downstream impact can be, if problems emerging at the youngest age are overlooked, or ignored. It is therefore vital that we nurture children through this critical, early period.”