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‘Working Effectively with Fathers in the Perinatal Period’ - Friday 29th September 2017, Hallam Conference Centre, London Speakers confirmed: Professor Paul Ramchandani - 'The impact of fathers on children’s development: The underpinning science' Dr Hilary Kennedy and Kevin Ball - 'How video interaction guidance (VIG) works for fathers of young children'  Richard Fletcher - 'SMS4dads:...
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The past year has been a highly successful one on a number of fronts. Perhaps foremost has been our successful application for Charity status and I would like to thank our Secretary Dawn Cannon for all her persistent efforts to achieve this. This new status will enable us to undertake more effective fundraising with the aim of improving the services that we provide to our members and the wider public. 
Welcome to the perinatal mental health profile (prototype version). This profile is designed to support planners, providers and stakeholders to plan services, undertake needs assessments and benchmark against similar populations. It brings together available metrics around mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies aged <1 year.
The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment by: Beatrice Beebe, Phyllis Cohen, and Frank Lachmann (Norton, 2016) A message to AIMH (UK) from Beatrice Beebe. Using video microanalysis—which captures moment-to-moment sequences of interactions—Beatrice Beebe and her colleagues have turned their lens on the most primary of relationships, mother and infant. This process becomes a “social...
Dr. Beatrice Beebe at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, has been conducting frame-by-frame video microanalysis of mother-infant communication for over 40 years. From just two-and-a-half minutes of second-by-second analysis of face-to-face play at four months, Dr. Beebe can predict attachment style at one year. Focusing on looking and looking away and using actual lab footage and interviews...
Update July 2017 - This profile is designed to support planners, providers and stakeholders to plan services, undertake needs assessments and benchmark against similar populations. It brings together available metrics around mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies aged <1 year
‘TRANSFORMING INFANT WELLBEING’  Research, Policy and Practice for the first 1,001 Critical Days  Transforming Infant Wellbeing brings together science and policy to highlight the critical importance of the first 1,001 days of infancy: the period from conception to the second birthday. Introduced and edited by Penelope Leach, who uniquely combines academic knowledge of infant development with the ability to write...
Effectiveness of skin-to-skin contact versus care-as-usual in mothers and their full-term infants: study protocol for a parallel-group randomized controlled trial Kelly H. M. Cooijmans Roseriet Beijers, Anne C. Rovers and Carolina de Weerth BMC PediatricsBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:154 DOI: 10.1186/s12887-017-0906-9 ©  The...
Harvard University - 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return - Center on the Developing Child. Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development.
BioMed Central Paediatrics - Study protocol - A longitudinal investigation of the role of the family environment in brain development and risk for mental health disorders in community based children
Rome, May 26-30 2018 'Nature <> Nurture'. WAIMH has published its Call for Papers and the submission of the 16th Congress is now open.  The very theme of the Congress, challenges for a 3rd millennium Infant Mental Health”, indicates that, while knowledge on the basic determinants of child development is increasingly accurate and sophisticated, each of us bears the responsibility to promote, protect and guarantee...
For anyone who works alongside volunteers in their service this research from Tameside will be interesting. It describes an enhanced training for Homestart volunteers to help equip them work with families where there were mental health difficulties. Long and short versions. A sensitive bit of work that the evaluation shows clearly benefited both the families and the volunteers.     ABSTRACT  A review of the...
A volunteer programme that gives support to vulnerable families demonstrated that a small investment in training and support can bring about enormous change 
Professor Jane Barlow, AIMH (UK) President's Report delivered at AIMH (UK) AGM on Friday June 23rd at The Tavistock Centre
Tameside along with many other boroughs around the country joined together to mark the UK’s second national Infant Mental Health Awareness Week from 12th-16th June 2017. They decided for the 2nd year running to have a stall on Ashton Market on June 12th to raise awareness. Staff from the Early Attachment Service (EAS), Home Start, and the Children's Centres came together to raise awareness in PIMH and meet families. 
Saturday 25th November 10.00—12.30 The Conference Hall, Ground Floor of the West Wing, St Pancras Hospital 4 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 0PE Open to all - The Aesthetics of the Negative and the Psychoanalytic Frame - Gregorio Kohon 
The Anna Freud Cantre funding available for Child Psychotherapists Parent-Infant Psychotherapy - Specialist Training  Date: 18-month training starting in January 2018 Tutors: Tessa Baradon, Michela Biseo and others  The training derives from the model developed at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in which psychoanalysis, attachment theory and research, and infant developmental...
This has just come in from KIPS and is a really useful and well put together resource for anyone needing economic evidence for the value of early intervention!
How to facilitate parent-infant groups to help nurture attunement, from late pregnancy to age two. Groups for parents, babies and toddlers, spanning the 1001 critical days from late pregnancy up to age two, are an effective way of supporting expectant and new parents by helping them to become more attuned, sensitive and empathic towards their child......