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Welcome to WCAIMH!

We are glad you have found us!


WCAIMH meets regularly to share information, resources and connect with each other to promote optimal practices in infant mental health. Here, you can find information for parents and professionals, as well as our monthly events.

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In infancy and early childhood, nurturing family relationships provide the foundation for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The resulting positive infant mental health is key to long term relationships and mental health. Early positive relationships can lead to resilience in the face of life’s challenges.


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WCAIMH promotes:

  • The idea that infancy is a sensitive period in development
  • Increased knowledge about development in children from conception to five years of age
  • The dissemination of evidence-based and experience-based knowledge to support parents in healthy caregiving and providing nurturing environments for children
  • The cooperation and collaboration of professionals concerned with promoting optimal development of infants and young children

Upcoming Events

  • WCAIMH Talk: April 27, 2017 – Parenting with a Disability and Young Children’s Mental Health
  • SPEAKERS: Karen Hodge, MSW, RCSW, Social Worker at Sunny Hill Health Centre and founding member of the Spinal Cord Injury Perinatal Interest Group, and Melanie Basso RN, BSN, MSN, PNC(C), Senior Practice Leader-Perinatal for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and co-founding member of the Spinal Cord Injury Perinatal Interest Group

    PRESENTATION: Karen Hodge is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and is currently a paediatric social worker at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. At the age of 15, Karen sustained a spinal cord injury but despite the challenges she faced, Karen didn’t let her injury stop her from achieving her goals. Karen is a passionate advocate for spinal cord injury care, an active volunteer in her community and the mother of two young children. Karen is also a founding member of the Perinatal Interest Group – a diverse committee working to increase dialogue and awareness between health care providers and women with spinal cord injury with an interest in reproductive health.

    Melanie is the Senior Practice Leader-Perinatal for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. In her advanced practice nursing role, she is involved in evidence-based practice from all domains of practice- clinical, research, administration and education.

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