The Duchess of Cambridge made a focus on families during pregnancy and the first years of a child’s life a key part of her work long before the coronavirus pandemic. And from the start of the lockdown, she spoke with parents, midwives and experts to hear about the unique challenges that pregnant women, new mothers and their families currently face.
In what she described as “a first,” Kate even joined a video call with a new mother and new father in a maternity unit, congratulating the parents on their little boy. ” Nice to meet you. This is definitely a first, I think, “said the Duchess to parents Rebecca and John via video call at Kingston Hospital in south-west London. “First of all, huge congratulations,” she told them, before describing their newborn baby Max as “so sweet.”
Kate’s discussions precede Mother’s Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (Monday 4 May to Friday 10 May) which aims to raise awareness and find out where to find support.
“Over the past two weeks, the Duchess has heard from front-line staff about increased maternal anxiety and isolation following the pandemic. Said a statement from Kensington Palace.
Kate participated in a call with midwives from the Kingston Hospital, where she completed two weeks of work experience last year, Wednesday April 22. Midwives told him about the challenges of doing their job throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Midwife Jennifer Tshibamba said, “Even with what’s going on, we’re still here to support you, we’re always here to listen to you, we’re always there to make sure we provide you with the best care for your pregnancy , for your baby and support your family. “
Kate also spoke with industry experts at a separate roundtable that included the president of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, the president of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the deputy chief midwife for England.
The group discussed the concerns of future and new parents about going to the hospital at that time and the challenges they face due to social isolation. “As organizations, you play such a vital role in providing key information. The public trusts you enormously and, therefore, the information you provide is a lifeline for many people, ”Kate told them.
William and Kate have continued to keep in touch with their charities remotely since the lockdown began. They also teach Prince George and Princess Charlotte at home in their Anmer Hall country house in Norfolk.