Kate Middleton Pens Open Letter to Midwives: ‘You Are There for Women at Their Most Vulnerable’

Showing her appreciation. After a secret visit to Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit in LondonKate Middleton was blown away by the hard work and dedication of the midwives — so much so, that the Duchess penned an open letter in their honor which has been released by Kensington Palace.

“You are there for women at their most vulnerable; you witness strength, pain and unimaginable joy on a daily basis,” the letter, which was addressed to “Midwives,” read. “Your work often goes on behind the scenes, and away from the spotlight.”

The mother of three went on to detail her personal experience when she visited the maternity ward last month. “Recently I was privileged enough to witness a small section of it first hand, spending several days at Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit. Although this was not my first encounter with the care and kindness provided by midwives across the country, it gave me a broader insight into the true impact you have on everybody you help,” she wrote. “During my time at Kingston I accompanied community midwives on their daily rounds and was welcomed into people’s homes. I was truly touched by the trust that people placed in me, sharing their experiences and voicing their fears openly. I also spent time in hospital clinics and on post-natal wards.”

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Ahead of 2020’s International @who #YearoftheNurseandMidwife, The Duchess of Cambridge has written an open letter to midwives across the UK — visit the link in our bio to read the full letter. Writing in her letter, The Duchess said: • “You are there for women at their most vulnerable; you witness strength, pain and unimaginable joy on a daily basis. • Your work often goes on behind the scenes, and away from the spotlight. Recently I was privileged enough to witness a small section of it first hand, spending several days at Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit. • Although this was not my first encounter with the care and kindness provided by midwives across the country, it gave me a broader insight into the true impact you have on everybody you help. • Over the last few years, I’ve dedicated a significant amount of my work to the Early Years – the pivotal period of development between pregnancy and the age of 5 where children build crucial foundations for life. • Your role in supporting this critical phase of development extends far beyond the complicated task of delivering a baby successfully. The help and reassurance you provide for parents to be and parents of newborns is just as crucial. It goes a long way in building parents’ confidence from the start, with lifelong impact on the future happiness of their children. • I want to thank you for all that you do. It has been a real privilege learning from you so far, and I look forward to meeting and learning from even more of you in the coming years and decades”. • Several members of @TheRoyalFamily, including The Queen and The Princess Royal, hold Patronages in the fields of Nursing and Midwifery — The Queen is Patron of @thercn, and The Princess Royal is Patron of @midwives_rcm. Photos 📷 1-4 by Kensington Palace / 5-6 by PA

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“The help and reassurance you provide for parents to be and parents of newborns is just as crucial. It goes a long way in building parents’ confidence from the start, with lifelong impact on the future happiness of their children,” she added, before thanking the team for their work. “It has been a real privilege learning from you so far, and I look forward to meeting and learning from even more of you in the coming years and decades.”

Kate’s letter and visit to the maternity ward aligns with the announcement that World Health Organization has designated 2020 the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”.

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