Duchess pays trib­ute to par­ents in baby loss week

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THE Duchess of Cam­bridge has paid trib­ute to “in­spi­ra­tional” be­reaved par­ents help­ing sci­en­tists un­der­stand more about the death of pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

To mark Baby Loss Aware­ness Week, Kate vis­ited a re­search cen­tre to hear about the work done by char­ity Tommy’s to re­duce rates of mis­car­riage, still­birth and pre­ma­ture birth.

At the In­sti­tute of Re­pro­duc­tive and De­vel­op­ment Bi­ol­ogy at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don – which is part of Tommy’s Na­tional Cen­tre for Mis­car­riage Re­search – the Duchess heard sev­eral mov­ing ac­counts from women have lost ba­bies.

Kate said: “A lot of the re­search and the sup­port for or­gan­i­sa­tions is be­ing driven by par­ents who have been through this ex­pe­ri­ence and want to help oth­ers. It is so in­spi­ra­tional.”

Pro­fes­sor Phillip Ben­nett, di­rec­tor of the cen­tre, said: “One in four women ex­pe­ri­ence mis­car­riage at least once in their re­pro­duc­tive life­time and most never find out why as health­care pro­fes­sion­als of­ten sim­ply don’t know. This can and must change.”

IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL Kate

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