The International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health

The International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health

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

The decision to form a society to serve the interests of mentally ill mothers, and their infants, worldwide (later named the Marcé Society) was taken in Manchester in June 1980, after an international conference convened by Ian Brockington; it owes much to the enthusiasm and advocacy of the late Dr James Hamilton of San Francisco. 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 email discussion tool is an exciting opportunity for members to 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. Members can share best practices, ask advice, post job opportunities or research collaboration needs.

The International Listserv is available to all members including all Regional Groups. The French and Spanish Regional Groups also offer language specific listservs; contact with questions about Regional Groups and language options.

If you are not a Marcé member, please click here to join, so that you can participate in these lively discussions!