Kaat is a Research Associate in Maternal and Perinatal Mental Health in the Department of Women and Children’s Health at the School of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London. She was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship in October 2022 to carry out a doctoral research study, focusing on maternity care for women facing removal at birth due to safeguarding issues. Using a mixed methods approach, her study is aiming to understand the maternity care experiences of mothers whose baby is removed shortly after birth through social care proceedings, and their maternal, neonatal and mental health outcomes. Her previous clinical roles as a specialist perinatal mental health midwife at the Rosie Hospital (Cambridge) and matron at the Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit (Norwich) have strongly influenced her research interests. She joined the Department of Women and Children’s Health in 2020, through an NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Fellowship for clinicians. Since then, she has contributed to several studies on perinatal mental health and on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternity services.