Kate Middleton Receives New Patronage that Honors Her Role as a Mom
Kate Middleton is a mom to three kids, and royal or not, the challenges that come with pregnancy is something she can relate to.
In a new statement, the royal mom highlighted the importance of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance in helping women to cope with the difficulties of childbirth.
The Duchess of Cambridge Delivers Powerful Speech as Patron of an Alliance For New Mothers
The hardworking Kate Middleton is getting yet another work under her belt as the patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. The royal mom has long supported charities that offer mental health services to underprivileged people. Her Early Years Foundation aims to provide children under the age of 5 with the perfect tools they need in order to grow up as emotionally stable adults.
With her knowledge of the industry through the years, she’s a welcome addition to the organization. As Mental Health Awareness week arrives on May 10, the Duchess shared an important video explaining how she would work with the cause to support women going forward.
Dressed in a long-sleeved white floral dress decorated with blue butterflies, the royal reflected on how the birth of a child is one of life’s “greatest gifts”. On the other hand, she also remarked that it could be a very challenging time for women and their families.
In the video, Kate, 40, urged families not to face the difficulties that come with childbirth and raising children “alone”, saying that she believes this year’s Mental Health Alliance can bring about “connection”.
“The past couple of years have reminded us just how much we need each other, and how vital our relationships are to our longterm health and happiness,” the Duchess continued.
“This starts in the earliest years of our lives, when we need close and continuous care from the people around us, to nurture our development, and ensure that we get the right start in life.”
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Continuing on about coping with the early years of raising a child, the Duchess said that it could feel “lonely” and overwhelming for the parents.
The mom of three then detailed how perinatal mental illness, which refers to mental health suffering during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth, affects a whopping “20 percent” of women in the U.K.
“Sadly we also know that many more are suffering in silence,” Kate told the camera, adding: “No one is immune to experiencing anxiety and depression during this time.”
“It is crucial therefore, that all those who might be struggling, are given the right support at the right time.”
“So that they’re able to share these feelings without fear of judgement, and can access the information, care and support they so desperately need to recover.”
The Duchess then shared that she’s honored and grateful to be the patron of a great organization made up of charities coming together within the last ten years to “transform attitudes, raise awareness and ensure that services are available to parents and babies”.
“There’s plenty more to be done, and it’s down to each and every one of us to support parents and carers, and all those who are raising children today,” the future Queen consort added.
“By ensuring the next generation of children can thrive, we can help to build a stronger, healthier and more nurturing society which benefits us all.”
Kate Middleton is mom to Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, with husband Prince William.
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