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Memberships expires on December 31st. If you have not already renewed your membership, it's time to do it here.


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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:
From the Office of the WAIMH Executive Director
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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November 30, 2018

Affiliates Corner

Greetings to all WAIMH Affiliates. This brief update addresses: new WAIMH Affiliates, news from our activities in Rome, including the board’s wish to address membership arrangements for Affiliate organisations and a reminder to keep the WAIMH office updated with any changes in your affiliate contact details.

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November 9, 2018

How Refuge provides ‘refuge’ to Infants: Exploring how ‘refuge’ is provided to infants entering crisis accommodation with their mothers after fleeing family violence [1]

Refuge workers need to be encouraged to act as a community of carers for the infant and their mother and be supported in doing so. This is through adequate funding and a community of service providers working to support them and recognising that refuge is as much a critical emotional space for the infant as a building which provides shelter.

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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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