Vivette Glover

Professor Vivette Glover is an international expert on the effect of the mother’s emotional state in pregnancy on the development of the fetus and her child. She is professor of perinatal psychobiology at Imperial College London.

She originally studied biochemistry at Oxford and did her PhD at University College London. In 1975 she came to work at Queen Charlotte’s, and developed an interest in biological psychiatry in relation to pregnancy and the postnatal period. In more recent years she has focused especially on the effect of the mother’s mood on fetal development. She has over 400 publications, and is invited to speak, including giving the keynote address, at meetings around the world. She is a special advisor to the Department of Health on the Family Nurse Partnership, which supports teenage mothers, and on antenatal education.