Begin Before Birth: An Update on Perinatal Mental Health

This meeting will reveal fascinating insights into perinatal mental health. Chaired by Professor Vivette Glover, this symposium brings together international experts to discuss mental health matters for parents and their babies, giving updates on the latest research.

The programme will be of interest to all those who care for women in the perinatal period including health visitors, midwives, obstetricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, and paediatricians, as well as researchers,  commissioners, and charity workers. The conference will cover an overview of the range of mental health problems that can occur in the perinatal period and how best to deal with them;  domestic violence and how to help; cultural differences; effects on the baby; and how music can help.  The conference consists of seven expert speakers and the opportunity for a question and answer sessions. It will take place on  26 October 2023, you will have access to the conference materials for the following year.

We welcome attendees from both within and outside the UK. The fee for those from low and middle-income countries is £15, but please contact us if that is a problem for you.

Register to access Begin Before Birth: An Update on Perinatal Mental Health

Registration Fees

  • Consultants, GP’s at £100
  • Trainee doctors, nurses, health professionals, and others £75
  • Low middle-income countries £15
10.00-10.45 Trudi Seneviratne, Overview of perinatal mental illnesses
10.45-11.30 Louise Howard Domestic violence and how to help
11.30-11.40 break break
11.40-12.25 Ruth Oshikanlu Understanding and helping with cultural differences
12.25-1.00 Michelle Wright My own experience
1.00-1.30 break break
1.30-2.15  Sue Pawlby Understanding your baby

and effects of postnatal depression

2.15-3.00 Katie Rose Sanfilippo Music can help too
3.00-3.45 Alain Gregoire Working together for better perinatal mental health

Chair Biographies

Professor Vivette GloverVivette Glover is Professor of Perinatal Psychobiology at Imperial College London. She studies the effects of anxiety in pregnancy on fetal development as head of the Fetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. She was awarded the Parent Infant Partnership UK Award for Research in Pregnancy and Infant Mental Health in 2017.



Speaker Biographies
Alain GregoireDr. Alain Gregoire is a retired Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He has conducted research into perinatal services. He is Honorary President of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance plus a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health and has contributed to the development of policy, guidance, and clinical services in the UK and abroad. He also set up the Hampshire Perinatal Mental Health Service.

Dr Trudi Seneviratne is Clinical Director at the Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, where she supported the development of Perinatal Mental Health Services. In 2016, she was elected Chair of The Perinatal Faculty, Royal College Psychiatrists, where she promoted perinatal mental health services, standards, research and medical training/education globally. In 2019, she was awarded an OBE for services to Perinatal Psychiatry. She has given several talks at Parliament to influence policy and service investment.


Professor Vivette Glover will donate her proceeds to The International Marcé Society; an organisation dedicated to sustaining an international perinatal mental health community to promote research and high quality clinical care around the world.

Proceeds from all of our conferences support our research into problems with fertility, pregnancy and birth. Our scientists at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London continue to lead the world in this field of research. Many major findings at the site have contributed to the understanding of fertility and fetal development. This has improved in utero and newborn babies’ health.

Please see the Genesis Research Trust website for further information about us.

This is a list of countries with low-income or middle-income economies that qualify for our special rate to attend this conference. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) compiles this information and revises it every three years.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • North Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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