The midwife who helped give birth to the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lilibet closed her office without notice, telling patients that “they should focus on their health and be with their family”.
Dr Melissa Drake posted this on Instagram, where she said it was “an honor to work with Santa Barbara women my whole life” before posting “absence” from June 30th.
She said that the procedures or operations for patients planned before June 30 will continue, but she warned that pregnant women who make an appointment after that date will have to transfer their care to another office.
Dr. Drake, who is a married doctor of infertility and has four stepchildren, oversaw the birth of Queen Elizabeth Lilibet’s 12th great-granddaughter at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 4, 2021.
Expectant mothers in the affluent region were surprised by the sudden closure, and one said the news was ‘shocking and horribly processed’.
“Now hundreds of women (including me) are running around trying to find care,” she wrote on the Facebook group Santa Barbara Moms.
Another said she was ‘crushed’ by the news and knew at least ten other local women looking for a new intern.
Dr Melissa Drake, a midwife who helped give birth to the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lilibet, closed her office without notice, telling patients in an Instagram post that she must ‘focus on her health and be with her family’
Dr Drake posted this on Instagram, where she said it was “an honor of my life to work with the women of Santa Barbara” before posting the “absence” from June 30th.
The midwife who helped give birth to the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lilibet (pictured together, with first child Archie) closed her office without notice, telling patients to ‘focus on their health and be with their family’
Dr Drake wrote on Instagram: ‘It has been an honor of my life to work with the women of Santa Barbara. I take leave to dedicate to my own health and be with my family.
“It is important that you continue with appropriate medical care; therefore you should make contact with another doctor / midwife as soon as possible.
‘Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the most personal, deepest and most important days of your lives. Always a lot of love. ‘
Dr. Drake announced that on May 13, saying that the practice will be closed from June 30.
Kay de Veer Ulanch, whose birth of twins was overseen by Dr. Drake, she said Santa Barbara Independent the doctor was a ‘unicorn’ and described the closure of the office as a ‘pavesty’.
‘She makes you chief,’ she said. ‘You run your birth experience. This is a big deal and not uncommon.
“I know it sounds dramatic, but it has done so much good for many families. When you have a child, you want the best, and she is the best.
‘I hope we understand what’s going on and I hope he comes back.’
Dr. Drake (pictured) announced that on May 13, saying that the office will be closed from June 30
Dr Drake said procedures or surgeries for patients planned before June 30 would continue, but warned that pregnant women who have appointments after that date will have to move care to another office (pictured, Dr. Drake’s office in Santa Barbara)
Other patients said they were “quite devastated” by the news, and Santa Barbara resident Jorden Hirsch said it was “a real loss to the community.”
Katherine Mueller said Dr. Drake ‘always made her patients feel comfortable, in control and always gave them the right to say no.’
Dr Drake declined to give more information about her decision to close the clinic Santa Barbara Independent but said in a statement: ‘One of my most important guiding principles is the autonomy of patience and the return of power to women.
‘Obstetricians / gynecologists are a turning point in people’s lives. People who feel disenfranchised and disrespected during their birth experience carry it with them forever.
‘It affects not only the way they feel as parents, but also their future interaction with healthcare.’
she added: ‘Ask any woman about their medical experience and you will hear a lot about light pressure.
‘I try to let patients know that even if they make a decision I disagree with, I will support them as best I can, within my means.’
Dr Drake declined to comment on why some patients call her a union, but said she was highly praised for being ‘very labor intensive’.
“The health care system is not set up to compensate providers for this kind of work.” But we deserve this kind of care. We all do that.