The Palace shared the following information on the discussion: "The Duchess is keen to develop an understanding of the issues surrounding maternal mental health, and to learn what support is available. At least 20% of women are affected by mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. If left untreated, maternal mental health problems can have significant and long lasting effect on the woman and her family. The Duchess has spoken about the importance of having open conversations about maternal health, and the impact this can have on family."
Kate was joined by experts from the Anna Freud Centre, Best Beginnings, Family Action, King's College London and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Kate's new private secretary Catherine Quinn was also present.
In early March, the Duchess attended the launch of maternal mental health films with Heads Together charity partner Best Beginnings at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London. Drawing on her own experiences as a mother, the Duchess admitted to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance as a mother. "It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight. You go from thinking of yourself as primarily an individual, to suddenly being a mother, first and foremost."
The Duchess looked professional and stylish in the Boutique Moschino Bow-Embellished Wool and Cotton-Blend Jacket (with thanks to Middleton Maven). The monochrome piece is embellished with three feminine bows along the front. It's lined in smooth crepe for easy layering. It retails for $340. It is believed to be the same piece Kate wore when she was photographed driving in May.
The piece remains available in very limited sizing at Reebonz. Below, we show it at Net-A-Porter.
More on Boutique Moschino:
'Moschino's playful sister label Boutique displays the same sense of fun as the main line. Expect brooches and ruffles on quirky tweed jackets, coquettish day dresses in uplifting palettes and tongue-in-cheek takes on classic ladylike bags.'
The collection features a number of wearable and versatile pieces suitable for professional wear. Below, the Pussy Bow Crepe-de-Chine Blouse, the Crystal-Embellished Wool Cardigan and the Crepe Blazer.
It's a new label for Kate, I would love to see what she paired it with.
The Palace just announced another engagement for Kate continuing with today's theme of maternal mental health. The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Hornsey Road Children's Centre in London on Tuesday, 14th November. The Duchess will see some of the valuable family and parental support services which are delivered at the Centre, including those offered by the charity Family Action, of which the Queen is patron. The Hornsey Road Children's Centre offers a welcoming environment for expectant and new mothers, and an outlet for children to play. It provides vital care and mental health support to parents, as well as offering antenatal and postnatal services, a nursery, play groups, and family support services. You might recall Kate was due to visit the centre in early September, but had to cancel due to hyperemesis gravidarum. I posted a graphic showing Kate's November schedule yesterday, here's another look for those who may have missed it.
It's shaping up to be an interesting month!