Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands was in Dordrecht this week for a working visit to The Baby House Foundation, where she was pictured cuddling adorable little ones as she learned more about the care and guidance the foundation provides to expectant mothers and babies in need of temporary care.
The Baby House mission is to ensure that children feel safe and bonded with their mothers and to help mothers in whatever they need in order to be able to take care of their baby independently and within their own living environment. The services offered are run by a core team of full-time professional staff and trained volunteers, and with just eleven places available for mothers and nannies to receive intensive 24-hour care, Baby House works to prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement for mothers and babies.
During her visit, Queen Máxima heard from Baby House founder and chairman Barbara Muller about the origins and approach of the foundation as well as the interplay between the formal healthcare professionals on staff and the volunteers. Following the briefing, the Queen was given a tour of the house and the opportunity to speak with mothers and volunteers about what the Baby House means to them. Queen Máxima clearly enjoyed the opportunity to talk with those impacted by the foundation’s work directly as she smiled, chatted, and happily held some of Baby House’s youngest residents.
The Baby House Foundation is supported by the Oranje Fonds, of which Queen Máxima is the patron, alongside her husband, King Willem-Alexander. The Oranje Fonds supports thousands of initiatives each year which focus on making the Netherlands and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom more social – bringing people together, combatting loneliness, increasing understanding and creating bonds at all levels of the community. Queen Máxima’s visit to Baby House comes at a time when the Oranje Fonds are focusing more closely on initiatives aimed at children and vulnerable families.