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WAIMH provides members and visitors additional material relating to Infant Mental Health. WAIMH is not responsible for changes or missing items on external sites.

The WAIMH Bylaws may be downloaded using the link below, which is a file in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need software that can open PDF files, such as Adobe Reader®.

WAIMH bylaws

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. 

WHO publications: Child and adolescent mental health

Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, 4th Edition

Since the time it was first published, the NBAS has been used in hundreds of studies to examine the effects of a wide range of pre- and perinatal variables, including intrauterine growth restriction, low birthweight, and prematurity, obstetric medication, environmental toxins (PCBs) and maternal ingestion of toxins – cocaine, tobacco, alcohol and caffeine and has been used to examine neonatal differences in different cultural settings across the globe. This new edition contains an updated review of research using the NBAS, including new guidelines for clinicians, numerous refinements in the administration and scoring and a new section describing new advances in our understanding of motor behaviour.

WHO Statement 15 January 2011: "Exclusive breastfeeding for six months best for babies everywhere"

WHO MiNDbank: More Inclusiveness Needed in Disability and Development

WHO MiNDbank is an online platform bringing together country and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development. It is part of WHO’s QualityRights campaign to end violations against people with mental disabilities. MiNDbank aims to facilitate dialogue, advocacy and research, to promote reform in these areas in line with international human rights and best practice standards.

The Michigan's Social and Emotional Tool Kit, 0-8 years

The infant mental health community in Michigan created much of the language for the guideline for social and emotional well-being for children 0-3. ZERO TO THREE is listed as a resource in the toolkit. The toolkit is available to parents, family members, physicians, and communities at

The Reading Relationship, June 2014

A recent recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics that parents read aloud regularly to their babies beginning in infancy is really big news for babies and the infant mental health community. Literacy promotion by pediatricians during every well baby visit encourages parents to listen and very young children to learn. Reading aloud increases support for early brain development; encourages pleasurable, shared reading activities; builds language and literacy skills; and promotes warm and responsive relationships between parents and very young children during the first 5 years of life.

Partner with the American Academy of Pediatrics to promote the reading relationship as an avenue for health, socioemotional development, and early literacy beginning in infancy and continuing through the first 5 years of life!

Check out the abstract and the complete article on the Pediatrics website
and partner with your local AAP or other infant and early childhood health promotion coalition to promote this recommendation and the link to infant mental health.

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

WAIMH Position Paper on the Rights of Infants

WAIMH has composed a Position Paper on the Rights of Infants. Professionals and members of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) who work with infants and parents within different cultures and societies, affirm that there is a need to recognize specific Rights of Infants, beyond those which have already been specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, adopted 1990).

Read WAIMH Position Paper on the Rights of Infants here

Print WAIMH Position Paper on the Rights of Infants here

The Worldwide Burden of Infant Mental and Emotional Disorders

WAIMH has established a working group with the task of putting all existing knowledge of our scientific communities together in order to describe the worldwide burden of infant mental health and emotional disorder and to characterize social consequences of this burden as well as possible interventions.

Read a brief summary of the resulting paper and some hints of how to use it.

Training opportunities for members will be posted here.

European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP)

International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Zero to Three