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We are pleased to present the new and improved WAIMH website to all visitors. The main goal for the website redesign has been to improve the ease of finding information on the website and improving the overall usability of the site.

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Latest Perspectives

May 10, 2018

Perspectives 2-3/2018 has been published

This issue once again contains many interesting features including for example:

Integrating Infant Mental Health at Primary Health Care Level
Dr. Robert Emde presents the history and development of WAIMH and the field of Infant Mental Health
Roman Reflections WAIMH 2018
WAIMH Honors Exceptional Members from Around the World

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August 21, 2018

Public Policy and Infant Mental Health

In 2016, the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) adopted its first formal public policy statement, drawing attention to issues specific to the rights of infants (WAIMH, 2016). The writers intended the document to serve as a stand-alone statement on behalf of infants, and a supplement to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, which itself was a special addition to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the words of the WAIMH Board of Directors,

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June 29, 2018

Roman Reflections WAIMH 2018

Many members from around the world send their thanks to WAIMH and the Local Organizing Committee for planning and hosting an extraordinary WAIMH Conference. From the reflections received below, it was personally and professionally a very successful and meaningful experience for research faculty, policy makers, and practitioners from many corners of the globe. We send our deepest and collective appreciation for an exceptional world conference and Roman holiday!

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June 9, 2018

Could or should a robot rear a baby?

Could or should a robot rear a baby? This question was posed by Linda Richter in an assignment to postgraduate students in the new Master of Philosophy in Infant Mental Health at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. What follows, is a collation of our efforts to address this question. We do this by exploring the potential for robots at different steps in a caregiving role for an infant, such as robots as a womb, as caretakers, and educators. We also explore potential emotional consequences and ethical considerations, as well as exciting possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted caregiving models.

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WAIMH's mission promotes education, research, and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational, and clinical work with infants and their caregivers.

WAIMH for You


WAIMH connects infant mental health specialists and professionals working within infant well-being. You can get access to internationally based clinical and scientific knowledge via membership journals. Join in our congresses and global communication network.

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WAIMH's Affiliates offer members a local community for networking, training,  continued education, enhancing diversity and affecting WAIMH policy practices through the Affiliate Council.

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Board Members

Our accomplished Board of Directors manages the business of the association and exercises all corporate powers in WAIMH's mission to promote the mental well-being and healthy development of infants throughout the world.

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The free to access Perspectives in Infant Mental Health is the professional publication of WAIMH and Infant Mental Health Journal is the peer-reviewed official journal of WAIMH. Both offer insight in their respective focus areas for members and professionals.

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WAIMH Statements

WAIMH publishes statements and position papers on issues it identifies as crucial for the development and actualization of Infant Mental Health.

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WAIMH offers four important awards in recognition of individuals from across the world who have made very important contributions to the infant mental health community in the course of their careers.

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Join Us

Join The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), a non-profit organization for scientific and educational professionals and become part of a global learning community and professional network that speaks for infants, young children and families around the world.


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