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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.

Contact Us today.

 

WHAT IS INFANT MENTAL HEALTH?

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

  • January 12th, 2023. “Monthly Meeting: Community-Based Pregnancy Outreach with Heather Cameron”
  • We hope you have all rung in the new year feeling hopeful and looking forward to all the new adventures 2023 will bring!

    Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 12th from 5:15-6:45 via Zoom. We are very excited to welcome Heather Cameron, Executive Director at BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs.

    Heather, is a Registered Nurse with a Perinatal Specialty Certificate who has been working with pregnant people in a variety of settings since 2005.  Her experience includes creating grass-roots programs, public speaking, and spearheading community events. As a Registered Nurse, Heather has worked in multiple settings including withdrawal management, labour & delivery, and maternity. 

    Heather has a proven track record of being able to bring communities together with her experience organizing conferences, creating grass-roots programs and influencing system changes at the local level.  Two projects that Heather is most proud of included a peer-based recovery support group for birth parents affected by substance use and “Health Pregnancy Care Meetings” that supported perinatal people as early as possible in their pregnancy to overcome identified barriers prior to delivery.  Heather may be most well-known for her delivery of workshops on Supporting Birth Parents and Families Who Use Substances, presented through multiple conferences in BC, Alberta and featured in the World Harm Reduction Conference in England.  Her volunteer involvement on a variety of committees including Make Children First, Perinatal Connections, Raise-a Reader, and S.W.A.T. (Sex Workers Accessing Treatment) has influenced Heather’s knowledge base and ability to create impactful change within communities.  Heather’s experience, passion and credentials all contribute to her drive to support BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs as Executive Director. We are looking forward to the wealth of knowledge, experience and perspective she will bring to our conversation next Thursday!


    If you have any questions, or if you’re an active member and would like a link to the Zoom meeting, please contact aris@develop.bc.ca.

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  • November 10th, 2022. “Promoting Social Emotional Development in the Early Years” with Dr. Angela Low
  • Happy Fall Members and Friends! We would like to remind you of our upcoming meeting on Thursday, November 10th, starting at 5:15pm – 6:45pm. We are so happy to welcome Dr. Angela Low, Provincial Lead for Early Years Health and Wellness at Child Health BC, who is overseeing the development and implementation of Feelings First, a provincial program to promote social and emotional development in the early years. She also works alongside other health promotion programs for young children. Angela will speak to upcoming opportunities to get involved in this project, talk about a few resources she can offer you that may be of interest to you. She will allow time for Q&A. Angela is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include emotional processes behind learning (particularly the discrete emotions of shame and guilt) and social and emotional development in children and parents.

    If you are a current member, you should receive an email with a Zoom link early next week. Please contact aris@develop.bc.ca for any inquiries. Looking forward to learning together!

    *UPDATE – this meeting has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. As we traditionally break in December, we look forward to our next regular meeting in the New Year!

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