Jeremy Itoje

By chance I bumped into CEO & Founder Alison and the best beginnings team in London and heard all about the great work the charity does for young mothers and families across the country providing vital support and information.

Unfortunately, so many mothers suffer from mental health issues during and after pregnancy, but Best Beginnings is there to help along the journey.

My family and I were fortunate enough to be invited to the Legends Ball where my brother Maro Itoje was a guest speaker. It was a great occasion and showed how important the work the charity is doing. I’m super excited for the Marathon and can’t wait to raise money for such a good cause.

Two in 10 women will develop a mental health illness during pregnancy and the year after birth. Yet, not all of these women will receive the support they require.

We are working to change this by influencing policy, working with and training healthcare professionals and community champions, providing free resources to parents including Baby Buddy, raising awareness and funds and ending the stigma. You can find out more about our maternal mental health work and resources.

In this short video, Abbey Clancy captures Best Beginnings work and plans:

Best Beginnings has filmed parents and professional sharing their experiences in more than 300 short videos about how to stay mentally and physically healthy, what to expect, when to be concerned and what to do, which are available in our award-winning free Baby Buddy app. Baby buddy is encouraging thousands of families across the country to talk about how they feel and the Duchess of Cambridge is helping to spread the word.

A short video from the recent Legends ball, in support of Best Beginnings and Restart Rugby:

Jeremy Itoje