She is a member of the British royal family, the future queen consort of the United Kingdom and, above all, the mother of three children. Catherine of Cambridge She has had the joy of raising Jorge, Carlota and Luis surrounded by the support of nannies, but she knows perfectly well that many women must deal with “anxiety and depression” during the “extremely demanding” first stages of a child’s life. This is the heartfelt reflection of William of Cambridge’s wife on motherhood in an emotional video.
On May 6, the British royal was named Royal Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, a UK-wide charity that works with more than 100 organizations to support women and families affected by mental health problems. perinatal mental health.
The value of motherhood for the Duchess
Kate Middleton It is not far from the problems that many women experience, especially when they begin to experience the idea of being mothers and face the first problems of this stage.
“The birth of a child is one of life’s greatest gifts, but it can also be one of the most difficult moments for many families and should not be faced alone (…) The last two years have reminded us how much we we need each other and how vital our relationships are to our long-term health and happiness. This begins in the first years of our lives, when we need closeness and continuous attention from the people around us to nurture our development and ensure that we have a correct start in life (…) We all know that pregnancy, childbirth and The first months and years of a child’s life can be very demanding. Parents often feel alone and overwhelmed by these early years.”, assured the Duchess.
But that was not all, because in her speech she highlighted that around 20% of British women suffered from a perinatal mental illness. “Sadly, we also know that many more suffer in silence… No one is immune from experiencing anxiety and depression during this period. It is therefore crucial that all those who may be struggling receive the right support at the right time, so that they can share these feelings without fear of judgment and can access the information, care and support they need to get back on their feet. ”he added.
The time she called motherhood “overwhelming”
This is not the first time Catherine of Cambridge talk about motherhood. In 2020, during a visit to a children’s center in Cardiff, she spoke of her time living on Anglesey after “having George”, while Prince William worked as an air ambulance pilot. He said that he felt “very isolated (…) I had no family nearby and [Guillermo] I did night shifts”according to pick up ‘Vanity Fair’.
Also, in 2017 he said: “Even in my case, I have had support at home that most women don’t have, nothing can really prepare you for the difficult and overwhelming experience of becoming a mother. It is a complex mixture of joy, exhaustion, love and worry. It’s like your identity changes overnight.”.