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.

There will be plenty of time for audience questions and discussion.

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: £15
Special rate for Low to Middle Income countries (listed on ‘LMI Countries’ tab): £5 (approx. US$7)

This also gives delegates access to the recording of the presentations and a list of charities that can provide further supporting information.

The recording of Begin Before Birth 2020 is available for purchase here.

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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 on Monday 14th June with the link for to the live event. A recording will also be available post event for delegates to view.

13:45 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.

13:50 Introduction, Professor Robert Winston, Genesis Research Trust

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

16:20 Questions and discussion

17:00 End

Speaker biographies (in progress)
Professor Vivette GloverVivette Glover is a British Professor of Perinatal Psychobiology at Imperial College London. She studies the effects of stress in pregnancy on fetal development and investigated postnatal depression as head of the Fetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London.

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 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.

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.

More biographies to follow.

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.

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
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  • Mexico
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  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
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  • 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
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  • Syrian Arab Republic
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  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
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  • 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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