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WAIMH acknowledges all parents, caregivers, and infant mental health professionals who are caring for infants and young children, and their families. WAIMH appreciates that all parents, caregivers, and infant mental health professionals are providing this care, each day, during these unprecedented times, with still so much unknown about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are many online sites that provide helpful resources about COVID-19, the resources cited here focus specifically on infant mental health professionals and the needs of infants, young children, and their families. This focus is in keeping with the aim of WAIMH: ‘to promote the mental wellbeing and healthy development of infants throughout the world…”  We hope that you find some helpful resources here.  


General Professional Resources

Many Infant Mental Health (IMH) professionals are hard at work in their efforts to support infants and their families amidst this COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges are immense; the demands to respond unceasing. WAIMH acknowledges that this is an incredibly stressful, worrying, and anxious time for the IMH specialists and allied colleagues as they walk beside young families whose challenges and worries are currently magnified. The resources listed here are designed to provide information and suggestions about how best to respond, manage, and cope, during this incredibly difficult time.

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Special Medical Information (pregnancy, infants, and young children)

Each day, Infant Mental Health (IMH) professionals are facing complex medical questions from families with young children about COVID-19. Similarly, every day, pregnant women and their families are seeking medical information concerning how to keep themselves and their baby safe. Pregnancy, and caring for newborns, at the best of times, is a time of heightened awareness of health and safety issues. WAIMH acknowledges every pregnant woman, her partner and family during this time. WAIMH acknowledges every IMH professional who is also seeking answers to these questions. The resources listed here are designed to provide some information from reputable sources with high quality information. This page will be updated to keep pace with new data as it becomes available.  


La pédopsychiatre Dora Knauer est décédée du Covid-19. WAIMH member, Dora Knauer has died from COVID-19

A tribute by Kai von Klitzing

On April 20, 2020, Dora Knauer (70), a long standing WAIMH member from Geneva, has died of Covid 19. According to the Tribune de Genéve, Dora had to be admitted to the intensive care unit three weeks ago but succumbed to the malicious lung disease.

Dora was one of the pioneers of infant psychiatry and worked together with Bertrand Cramer, Francisco Palacia Espasa and Francois Ansermet. She was a member of the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). She essentially contributed to establishing the famous Guidance Infantile in Geneva, at which she conducted seminal research on psychopathology and psychotherapy in infancy. She ran the innovative jardin d’enfants thérapeutique (therapeutic Kindergarten), a day treatment unit for preschoolers, and developed innovative techniques of mother – infant psychotherapy. With all her enthusiasm, sensitivity, and creativity she was devoted to the young children and their parents during the perinatal period.

During my years in Switzerland I collaborated with her on several occasions. Especially I remember a visit at her Jardin d’enfants in Geneva which was a model for a similar unit which we established at the Basel child psychiatry department. She regularly attended the WAIMH world congresses and presented her pioneering work. She was an important member of our association who was always integrating the infant mental health tradition of the French and English speaking world. She was such a devoted person; the community of infant researchers and clinicians owes much to her. We will miss her.

Interview with Dora Knauer
Tribune de Genève