An international society for the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illness related to child bearing.

About Us

Welcome to the Marcé Society, a global community dedicated to advancing understanding and support for mental health during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Named after Louis Victor Marcé, whose groundbreaking work in 1858 laid the foundation for understanding mental illness in these crucial stages of life, our society was established in the UK in 1980 and has since flourished into an international network of passionate professionals.

In 1995, recognising the growing commitment in Australasia to address these issues, the Marcé Society formed its Australasian Chapter, reflecting the region's dedication and enthusiasm. Our society is inclusive and multidisciplinary, providing a vibrant forum for professionals concerned with the well-being of women and their families during childbirth.

We prioritise collaboration between healthcare providers and consumers, focusing not only on traditional mental health concerns related to childbearing but also broader topics such as the maternal-infant relationship, attachment theory, and perinatal bereavement. Our Australasian members particularly emphasize indigenous childbirth-related mental health in Australia and New Zealand.

At the heart of our mission is the close collaboration between clinicians and researchers, ensuring that our efforts are grounded in the latest evidence-based practices. Additionally, we actively work to raise public awareness about mental health during childbirth, advocating for increased resources for research and services and engaging with policymakers to influence positive change.

Join us in our journey to promote mental health and support for women and families during this transformative period of life. Together, we can make a difference.

About Us

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A brief summary of the history and future directions of The Marcé Society.


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Where Do I Find Help?

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If you are experiencing distress, please contact your doctor or go to your nearest hospital. The following links may be useful resources.

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