March 23, 2017 – Launch Of Maternal Mental Health Films With Best Beginnings & Heads Together – Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Best Beginnings’ “Out of the Blue” launch event at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Regent’s Park, London. “Out of the Blue” is a series of educational films produced by Best Beginnings, a UK charity that aims to reduce child health inequalities by creating and distributing innovative resources for families and professionals. The “Out of the Blue” film series aims to raise awareness of maternal mental health challenges and start conversations about the well being of parents and their children. During the launch, Catherine watched a film from the ‘Out of the Blue’ series, and attended a parent support group to talk with moms and dads about how becoming a parent affected their mental health and how open and honest conversations with family, friends or other trusted people helped them get through the tough times. During the speech, The Duchess opened up about the challenges she faced after becoming a mother. “… Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become 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…” You can read Catherine’s full speech here.
February 08, 2018 – Visiting The Royal College Of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited The Royal College Of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists in London, England where she learned more about the College’s education, training and global health programmes, and viewed demonstrations in essential clinical skills and safe surgical techniques. She also attended a roundtable discussion on tackling the stigma around women’s health, in particular, maternal mental health. A special moment ensued when Catherine recognized Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, a midwife who assisted with the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. On this day the Palace announced that Catherine had become Patron of RCOG as well as Nursing Now. Catherine is RCOG’s second Patron after Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.
April 27, 2022 – Visiting Maternal Healthcare Organizations – Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the OCOG, and Princess Royal, Anne, Patron of the RCM, visited the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists headquarters in London. The new headquarters is home to a collection of women’s healthcare organizations dedicated to improving and advocating for women’s healthcare. During their first joint official visit together, The Patrons joined a roundtable discussion where they heard more about how the two organizations work together to improve maternal health care. The Princess and The Duchess also observed a demonstration of the newly developed Tommy’s App, which is a medical app that can be used by maternity staff to improve upon the current checklist method for antenatal risk assessment. Before leaving, The Princess and The Duchess met some of the winners of RCM awards for excellence in maternity care from Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.