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.