Prominent Local Antenatal Expert Dies of Cancer

Christine Hill had advised the Duchess of Cambridge during her pregnancy

Christine Hill

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Christine Hill, the leading antenatal expert who lived in Grove Park, has died of lung cancer aged 74.

She published two books on preparing for birth and was perhaps best known for helping the Duchess of Cambridge when she was pregnant with Prince George.

The obstetric physiotherapist ran classes for expectant parents from her clinic in Grove Park Road during which Prince William reportedly mastered fitting a child’s seat to his car during the second of his wifes visits.

A representative of her family told the Daily Mail "She will be achingly missed. Her feisty, amusing, straightforward demeanour won her many friends."

She lived in Chiswick for 45 years, living in Prebend Gardens and Netheravon Road before moving to Grove Park, but officially ended her classes nine years ago. She and her business partner Barbara Whiteford helped over 6,000 pregnant women, including many other celebrities.

She worked for many years in the NHS, including the former Queen Charlotte's Hospital, which was the local maternity hospital for Chiswick mothers. She was a co-superintendent at the former Paddington Green Children's Hospital where she worked with Barbara Whiteford before they decided to set up privately to facilitate family life. She has three grown-up children and was a grandmother.

Back in 2013 after the news of her consulting with the Duchess broke she told, "I can't comment but it was a privilege to see them antenatally."

She was renowned for a pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to having a baby and for providing reassurance to anxious mothers-to-be.

Her books, which provide practical guidance on what to expect before, during and after the birth, are still available.

She was also the sister of Graham Seed who played Nigel Pargetter in The Archers.

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July 14, 2022

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