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.

Registration is open for the MeAIMH Annual Training Conference on May 12, 2017

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.