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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.



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

  • Past Events: WCAIMH Meeting: January 9, 2020 – Safe Babies Program
  • SPEAKERS: Rachel  Douthwaite, Coordinator of Safe Babies Program

    SUMMARY: Rachel  is the Safe Babies Program Coordinator with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Public Health. She provides consultation regarding infants in the care of Vancouver Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) or Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS). Rachel works in collaboration with other health care professionals, foster parents and social workers to promote the best care for these infants, many of whom have issues related to prenatal substance or communicable disease exposure, and prematurity. Rachel’s nursing practice has focused on infant, child, youth, and women’s health. She has worked in maternity, post-sexual assault care, and public health. She is also a lactation consultant and is passionate about supporting mothers and babies to meet their feeding goals.

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