Beaming Kate dazzles in flowing yellow dress as Princess of Wales visits maternity unit

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Kate, Princess of Wales, has been focusing much of her royal work over the past decade on supporting pregnant women and new parents.

She completed her look with a pair of dark blue suede heels and a clutch bag.

At the NHS Maternity Unit, which delivers and cares for around 3,000 babies a year, Kate met the Jasmine Team.

These extraordinary staff members provide help to women experiencing mental health issues during their pregnancies or the initial post-natal period.

Kate Middleton wearing a yellow dress

Kate visited a maternity unit this morning (Image: WIREIMAGE )

Kate leaving her car

Kate met staff working at the maternity unit (Image: WIREIMAGE)

The work carried out by these staff members is particularly important as approximately one in five women in the UK are reported to struggle with their mental well-being whilst expecting their babies or in the first years after giving birth.

The Princess of Wales, who donned a face mask while walking through the corridors of the hospital, also spent time in the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), which provides specialist neonatal care for premature babies.

This Unit is one of the few departments which has the ability for mothers to remain close to their babies at all times through round-the-clock cot side sleeping facilities, a measure which hugely helps the newborns to bond with their parents.

Staff also encourage parents to take part in the care of their premature babies as much as possible, including bathing, feeding and nappy changing. Kate smiling as she walks towards the hospital

Kate headed to Surrey this afternoon (Image: WIREIMAGE)

Kate carried a dark blue suede clutch bag

Kate has focused much of her royal work on supporting pregnant women and new mothers (Image: WIREIMAGE)

This visit is the first carried out solo by Kate since Prince William was created Prince of Wales by his father King Charles III.

The 40-year-olds decided to carry out their first joint visit following the end of the period of royal mourning to Wales, as they desire to further strengthen their bond with the nation.

Earlier today, the Prince of Wales visited alone St George’s Park as the President of the Football Association.

Kate speaking to staff at the hospital

Kate became the Princess of Wales on September 9 (Image: GETTY)

Kate speaking to staff members at the hospital

Kate has long been interested in supporting the mental wellbeing of new mothers and pregnant women (Image: PA)

Kate smiling in a yellow dress

Kate is one of the Firm’s most prominent members (Image: PA)

There, he marked the centre’s 10th anniversary and spoke to young footballers and para-footballers taking part in a training session.

The Aston Villa fan was seen briefly interrupting his chat with representatives at the centre to speak with young players of his favourite team after he spotted them.

During this engagement, he also chatted with England manager Gareth Southgate.

Today’s visit perfectly fits in with Kate’s long-standing commitment to new families and her work on early childhood.

The Princess has been working for more than a decade to understand and highlight the importance of the earliest years of a child’s life in shaping the person that they become and improving society as a whole.

After tying links with relevant patronages, in 2018 she launched a steering group of academics and practitioners to look at what could be done to bring about long-lasting change to the lives of children.

In early 2020, Kate launched a successful nationwide survey set to analyse how important Britons thought the first five years of babies’ lives were to their future development.

The results of this poll, paired with expert research, case studies and an analysis of the impact COVID-19 had on early childhood, were presented at an online forum in November that year, during which the Princess delivered an impassionate keynote speech.

Kate smiles as she looks at staff greeting her

Kate donned a Karen Miller dress today (Image: GETTY)

Kate smiling as she arrives at the hospital

Kate launched the Centre for Early Childhood in 2021 (Image: GETTY)

Upon launching the Centre, Kate said: “Working closely with others, the Centre hopes to raise awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future life outcomes, and what we can do as a society to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society.

“By working together, my hope is that we can change the way we think about early childhood, and transform lives for generations to come.

“Because I truly believe big change starts small.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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