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WAIMH 2021 Call for Abstracts is now open: The WAIMH Program Committee are excited to announce the opening of a new call for abstracts! Postponement of the WAIMH Congress to 2021, has provided us the opportunity to build on our already confirmed program and open a new call for abstracts. The WAIMH 2021 program will be delivered in a hybrid context meaning your presentation can be presented live or virtually. Read more.

WAIMH congratulates the new President Campbell Paul and President-Elect Astrid Berg!

They emphasize the role and possibilities of the Association in securing real improvement in the mental health outcomes for infants and families throughout the world. WAIMH must continue in the role of providing leadership in infant mental health, supporting policy development, research, training and improvement in direct clinical services for infants very young children and their families. Read more.

COVID-19 Resources

WAIMH website has a specific COVID-19 page that includes general resources for professionals as well as special medical information regarding pregnancy, infants and young children. The WAIMH COVID-19 page will be frequently updated to keep pace with new data and resources as they become available. Read more
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Latest Perspectives

July 24th, 2020

OCD, Perinatal OCD, Parental Preoccupation and Parenting

Perinatal OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is still a hidden problem with long term consequences on parenting.  Miri Keren discusses that perinatal OCD is often misdiagnosed due to several barriers to detection, including: the shame of disclosing the intrusive thoughts and compulsions; and the fear of being misunderstood and judged as a potentially harmful parent.

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June 26, 2020

Celebrating Hiram Fitzgerald: Forty years with Infant Mental Health

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health 1/2020 marks the retirement of Hi Fitzgerald from his many editorial roles of this WAIMH publication. He was the inaugural WAIMH Executive Director in 1993 when The Signal was first published with Charles Zeanah as Editor-in-Chief and since that time has been actively engaqed with the publication including the roles of copy editor and associate editor of Perspectives in Infant Mental Health.

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May 22nd, 2020

Diversity and the positive impact of culture and supporting families in context – A view from Africa

Perspectives in Infant Mental Health are delighted to share this new paper with you by Astrid Berg, Cape Town, South Africa. This paper forms part of WAIMH’s communication plan to highlight and address important topics affecting young children in today’s world. Astrid Berg has written the following beautiful illustration of the role of culture and of several African traditional practices related to babies and their care.

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 May 15th, 2020

Language Interpretation in the Administration of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-III for an Indigenous Population in Guatemala

New article by Webb et al. on cultural and linguistic issues associated with the adaptation of western assessment tools study in Kaqchikel Maya, Guatemala. 



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 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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