Maine Association for Infant Mental Health
Maine Association for Infant Mental Health (MeAIMH) is a non-profit organization focused on the health and well being of infants and their families. The organization is administered by a Board of Directors and an Executive Coordinator.
What is Infant Mental Health?
Infant mental health is an inter-disciplinary field of research, clinical practice and public policy-making concerned with maximizing the emotional, physical, social and cognitive well-being of zero to five year old children and their caregivers.
Infant mental health assumes that:
- All babies begin life with their own unique temperament, maturational schedule, and individual differences.
- Human relationships are powerful conditioners of infant development.
- Environmental influences also impact heavily on the development of infants.
- Parenthood is a developmental process, and parents also grow.
- Risk, coping, and capacity to master adversity are important factors in the development of infants.
- Early intervention is the best kind of prevention.
Infant mental health is important because:
- It is the basis for personality development.
- It influences the infant/young child’s view of the world.
- It influences the balance between attachment, interaction, and exploratory systems.
- It influences the development of a child’s full potential, empathy, and morals.