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Welcome to the Association for Infant Mental Health AIMH (UK), an autonomous body affiliated to the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH).

WAIMH 14th World Congress, Edinburgh, 14-18 June 2014. Register here

AIMH PRE-WORLD CONGRESS INFANT MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING DAYS - Edinburgh - 12 and 13 June 2014. Book and pay here   Click here for information

  1. Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) in the Perinatal Context 12/13 June 2014

  2. Understanding the Baby and Supporting Parents using the NBO and the NBAS: International Perspectives 13 June 2014

  3. B.A.S.E Babywatch training (Babywatching Against Agression and Anxiety for Sensitivity and Empathy) 13 June 2014

Infant mental health is the study of mental health as it applies to infants and their families. The field investigates optimal social and emotional development of infants and their families in the first three years of life.

Infant mental health is one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas in the whole field of mental health. Research has shown that support for parents during their baby's first year can significantly increase the proportion of babies who form secure relationships with their parents, and this has lasting benefits for their subsequent development. A good beginning for young families is a protective factor in coping with life's inevitable stresses. Early intervention when there are difficulties can often prevent the development of mental health problems in later years.

Please visit the 'Member Benefits' page to view the benefits of becoming a member.


AIMH (UK) offer Children's Centres a special discounted membership rate. Download information here.

For Corporate Membership rates, please contact

Student concession rates are also available (subject to eligibility) - contact the Administrator for further information.

Recent articles


Baby Bonds; Parenting, Attachment and a secure base for children


Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage


Maternal Mental Health - Improving Emotional Wellbeing in Postnatal Care


Proposal for the Infant Rights Declaration


Better Mental Health Outcomes for Children and Young People - A Resource Directory for Commissioners


1001 Critical Days Manifesto


Department for Education - Early Years Outcomes


Greater Expectations: Raising Aspirations for our Children; National Childrens Bureau (ncb)


IPPR Early Developments: Bridging the Gap between Evidence and Policy in Early-Years Education


The Science Within


Early Childhood Trauma


Frank Field's 'Foundation Years Trust'


Importance of Secure Attachment


Prevention in Mind


WAVE Trust - Tackling the Roots of Disadvantage


Back to Facing the Future: An audit of standards for acute paediatric care, a RCPCH Publication


Children's Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains


Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health begins in Early Childhood


Dept for Education: Drop Plans to Increase Child to Adult Ratios


Maternal Emotional Wellbeing and Infant Development- The Royal College of Midwives, November 2012