News Kate Middleton Hosted a Talk About Maternal Mental Health By Alexandra Whittaker Alexandra Whittaker Instagram Twitter Website Alexandra Whittaker is a news and pop culture editor based in New York City. She studied at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and at Marquette University, where she freelanced for USA Today, Women's Wear Daily, and ELLE. She currently leads both the news and entertainment teams at Cosmopolitan magazine and previously worked as the news editor of InStyle.com where she spearheaded awards coverage. She enjoys writing and editing news stories, interviewing celebrities, and covering the intricacies of the British royal family. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on November 1, 2017 @ 03:45PM Pin Share Tweet Email From Prince Harry's Invictus Games to Prince William's hospital work, it's clear that the British royal family is serious about their charitable causes, and Kate Middleton is no exception. The Duchess of Cambridge spent Wednesday hosting a roundtable at Kensington Palace, and the topic at hand was mental health for mothers. Middleton led the discussion with The Royal Foundation on maternal mental wellbeing, which is an incredibly important topic given recent statistics. Kensington Palace reports that a whopping 20 percent of women have mental health problems during or within the year after pregnancy. That number is no small matter, and Middleton knows it. Prince Harry Learned to Understand the Monarchy by Watching Princess Diana She has spoken out about the importance of maternal health before, and during this talk with experts from different universities, charities, and children and family centers, she was reportedly "keen to understand" the nuances of mental health even better. "If left untreated, maternal mental health problems can have significant and long lasting effect on the woman and her family," Kensington Palace said. We're happy to see Middleton stepping up for those who need it.