Kate Middleton makes 'virtual visit' to an astonished new mother in an NHS ...

Giving birth in the middle of a pandemic is a bizarre experience for any woman.

But things took an even stranger turn for one new mother when the Duchess of Cambridge appeared on a screen at her bedside for a cheery post-natal chat.

Kate gushed her congratulations to Rebecca Attwood and took great interest in how the birth had gone during a morale-boosting 'virtual' return visit to the NHS maternity unit where she previously spent two days on a work placement.

Kate (right) gushed her congratulations to Rebecca Attwood and John Gill (left) and took great interest in how the birth had gone

Kate (right) gushed her congratulations to Rebecca Attwood and John Gill (left) and took great interest in how the birth had gone

'Hello! Very nice to meet you,' said Kate from her Anmer Hall home in Norfolk. 'This is definitely a first, I think! Huge congratulations.'

After being told that Rebecca's son Max had arrived at 10pm the previous night, she exclaimed: 'My goodness, you must be exhausted.'

Rebecca, from Raynes Park in South-West London, said: 'Having a surprise conversation with the Duchess of Cambridge after two hours' sleep was particularly surreal.

'The Duchess asked us about having a baby at such an unusual time, and our experience on the maternity ward was that all the midwives made it as normal as possible – apart from the masks!'

After being told that Rebecca's son Max (left) had arrived at 10pm the previous night, Kate (right) exclaimed: 'My goodness, you must be exhausted'

After being told that Rebecca's son Max (left) had arrived at 10pm the previous night, Kate (right) exclaimed: 'My goodness, you must be exhausted'

To demonstrate the conditions they are now working under, lead midwife Sam Frewin appeared on the video call wearing a mask and plastic apron. 'I'm smiling, can you tell?' she joked.

Taking a closer look, Kate laughed: 'With your eyes, I can.'

Footage of the call to Kingston Hospital, South-West London, where the Duchess worked last November, has been released to highlight mental health issues that can affect new mothers.

Kate asked the midwives: 'What are the main concerns that mothers and potential mothers feel?'

Jo Doumouchtsi, a mental health midwife, told her there had been an increase in referrals for anxiety and extra worries about catching Covid-19 while in hospital.

Footage of the call to Kingston Hospital, South-West London, where the Duchess worked last November, has been released to highlight mental health issues that can affect new mothers. Pictured top to bottom, left to right: Jessica Read, Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for England, Julia McGinley, Head of Parent Support, Netmums (an inclusive online parenting community), Katie Massie-Taylor, Co-founder of Mush (an online community and app for mums), Dr Edward Morris, President, The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), Dr Alain Gregoire, Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting

Footage of the call to Kingston Hospital, South-West London, where the Duchess worked last November, has been released to highlight mental health issues that can affect new mothers. Pictured top to bottom, left to right: Jessica Read, Deputy Chief Midwifery Officer for England, Julia McGinley, Head of Parent Support, Netmums (an inclusive online parenting community), Katie Massie-Taylor, Co-founder of Mush (an online community and app for mums), Dr Edward Morris, President, The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), Dr Alain Gregoire, Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director, Institute of Health Visiting

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