Mental health problems in pregnancy and post-birth are very common. They affect at least one in five women.

Everyone is welcome to this online meeting about mental health matters before and after having a baby.

It is for pregnant women, new mothers and fathers, and all interested in the topic. Mental health professionals are most welcome also.

World-leading experts will open up the subject and present the current understanding and advice for best possible emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and beyond.

Topics include;

  • The different types of mental and emotional problems that can occur
  • how to recognise if you need help
  • what sort of help is available
  • how to access it
  • understanding how your baby feels
  • how much does breastfeeding matter?
  • role of the father; pressures, and supporting the mother

More information under ‘Programme’ tab.

Chairs: Professor Vivette Glover and Dr. Alain Gregoire.
More Information under ‘Speakers’ tab


Standard rate: £15Recorded Conference: £10 (access to the recording of the live event that took place on 15 June 2021)

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Programme for Tuesday 15th June 2021

Begin Before Birth is an online webinar. All registered delegates will be sent an email in advance with the link for to the live event. A recording will also be available post event for delegates to view.

13:45 Introduction, Professor Robert Winston, Genesis Research Trust

13:50 Welcome, Professor Vivette Glover, Imperial College London and Dr Alain Gregoire, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Perinatal Psychiatry Hon President, Maternal Mental Health Alliance UK Chair, Global Alliance for Maternal Mental Health,Presenter BBC2 Trust Me I’m a Doctor.

14:00 It’s not just postnatal depression: The range of perinatal mental health problems, appropriate help, and how to access itDr Trudi Seneviratne (in an interview with Prof Vivette Glover)

14:20 What helps and what doesn’t, Dr Alain Gregoire

14:40 Prenatal stress, effects on the child and how to help, Professor Vivette Glover, Imperial College London

14:55 Questions and discussion

15:40 Break: 10 Minutes

15:50 How mothers can best interact with their baby, Dr Susan Pawlby, Kings College London

16:10 What about dads? Dr Jill Domoney, Kings College London

16:30 Questions and discussion

17:00 End

Speaker 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.

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.

Dr. Susan PawlbyDr. Susan Pawlby is a Developmental Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. She trained as a child psychologist at the University of Nottingham and has over 40 years of experience working with mothers and babies both in clinical and research contexts. She trained in observational methodology and has pioneered the use of video feedback techniques in supporting the developing relationship between mothers with severe mental illness and their infants.

Dr Jill Domoney is a Research Clinical Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, specialising in perinatal mental health and the links between mental health and violence.

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.

We also fundraise via our worldwide cycling and trekking challenge events. Click here to see what’s planned for this year. We hope you’ll join us!

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

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