Chiswick-based ‘antenatal guru’ Christine Hill dies

Images above: Christine Hill, her house on Grove Park Rd

Christine Hill died at the age of 74

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among those mourning the death of Chiswick-based ‘antenatal guru’ Christine Hill, who helped the couple prepare for the birth of Prince George.

Mrs Hill has died at the age of 74 from lung cancer.

Prince William and Kate both attended antenatal classes at her home in Grove Park. Kate reportedly visited her twice for advice in the run up to giving birth to George, while William accompanied her on one occasion.

The Mirror reported one of the important tasks that William learned from Christine in the run-up to George’s birth, almost nine years ago, was the tricky task of fitting a baby’s seat into the back of a car, a task which she knew he would have to perform in front of the world’s media when they left St Mary’s hospital in Paddington and told him he must practice.

A spokesperson for her family gave a statement to the Daily Mail’s Eden Confidential column:

“She will be achingly missed. Her feisty, amusing, straightforward demeanour won her many friends.”

Mrs Hill, who lived in the black and white gabled house at the beginning of the towpath at Grove Park, was an obstetric and paediatric physiotherapist and the author of two acclaimed books about pregnancy. She gave advice on pregnancy, birth and on dealing with a newborn.

YOU magazine described her as “the ultimate baby guru: a tell-it-like-it-is straight shooter who delivers both practical and medical advice with the wit of Victoria Wood.”

Her obituary in the Daily Telegraph includes a quote from her from an interview in 2013, when she said:

“My philosophy has always been that no one prepares you for the true ghastliness of birth.

“There’s a sort of whimsical attitude that it will all be lovely and that everyone can have a natural birth, but that’s not true. I want my mothers to be prepared and well-informed. Then they can make the best decisions without fear.”

Her famous clients included Jerry Hall, Helena Bonham Carter, Darcy Bussell and TV presenters Mary Nightingale, Natasha Kaplinsky, Kirsty Young and Emily Maitliss.

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