The International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health


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The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

Dedicated to supporting research and assistance surrounding prenatal & postpartum mental health for mothers, fathers and their babies.

The Marcé Society was formed at an International Conference in 1980. The purpose of that conference was to bring together different strands of research in puerperal mental disorders. It was recognised that there needed to be a forum to discuss puerperal mental illness in its broadest sense and a Society was formed. The Society was named after Louis Victor Marcé, a French psychiatrist who wrote the first treatise entirely devoted to puerperal mental illness, published in 1858. Click here to learn more about our history.

The principal aim of the Society is to promote, facilitate and communicate about research into all aspects of the mental health of women, their infants and partners around the time of childbirth. This involves a broad range of research activities ranging from basic science through to health services research.

The Marcé Society Listserv

This is an exciting tool where members can communicate about designated specialties or topics relating to areas of interest such as DSM V, perinatal depression, care in low income cities, medication during pregnancy, etc. You can share best practices, ask advice, post job opportunities or research collaboration needs. If you are not a member, please click here to join, so that you can participate in these lively discussions!

Resource Pack

The Marcé Society's Resource Curriculum, the Resource Pack has Four Units that are designed for self-study but uniquely suitable for group work. Unit One is called "Emotions and Feelings", Unit Two is "Psychiatric Illnesses and Emotional Disorders, Unit Three is "Skills and Attitudes" and Unit Four is "In Practice". The content and format of the Marcé Resource Pack provides the basis of excellence in caring for childbearing women and their families. The Marcé Society Resource Pack can be utilized in a group setting or for individual training. The cost of the Resource Pack is $30USD. To order your copy of the Resource Pack, click here.