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Welcome to the Brazelton Centre

The Brazelton Centre is a charity whose primary goals are to promote an understanding of infant development through fostering strong infant-parent relationships by focusing attention on the infantís behavioural abilities, and the important role their babies play in cementing healthy infant-parent relationships.

The Brazelton approach is recommended in the:

  • Child Health Promotion Programme, 2008, now the Healthy Child Programme, 2009 by the Department of Health, UK
  • Welsh Assembly in their Flying Start programme
  • Scottish Government Heads Up programme
  • And supports recommendations in the NICE Guidelines, Maternity Matters, Skills for Health Ė Midwifery competencies
Training programmes are: The NBAS scale is used for infant assessment and research, and as an intervention with parents. It provides detailed information about the individual infantís self-regulatory abilities and how the infant manages crying, sleep, alert states, and feeding.
The NBO is a relationship-building tool between practitioner and parent, that supports the developing parent-infant relationship, and provides an introduction to their infantís behaviour.
Both the NBAS and NBO have proved to be valuable ways of sensitising both parents and practitioners to the extraordinary behavioural capabilities of the infant. They show the individuality of the newborn and the infant's powerful impact on the establishment of the infant-parent relationship.


Brazelton Day, 13th June, 2014

Understanding the baby and supporting parents using the NBO and the NBAS:

International perspectives: A Forum for discussion

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Training Courses

Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO)

NBO training
8 & 9 May, 2014
The Royal Society of Medicine, London
For registration: RSM, London

The Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS)

30th and 31st October, 2014, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

For registration: Registration Form

Please note:
Trainees undertaking the NBO training, having already trained in the NBAS, will be charged a reduced training fee of £150.

Trainees who have done the NBO training and would now like to train in the NBAS, will be charged a reduced fee of £450.
Regsitration Form


BRAZELTON DAY at the WAIMH conference, Edinburgh 13th June, 2014 Pre-Pre-Congress Day

Understanding the baby and supporting parents using the NBO and the NBAS: International Perspectives

This day is devoted to an exploration of the uses of the NBO and the NBAS by participants from a range of clinical and research settings from around the world.
Participants will also be introduced to the Touchpoints and Family Connections approaches. There will be presentations by leaders from the field of infant mental health and by international NBAS and NBO Trainers and practitioners. A unique feature of this day is that all participants will be invited to exchange their ideas, observations, clinical experience and research with colleagues from around the world in round-table discussions, oral presentations and symposia.

This Brazelton Day is not only open to those who have been trained in the NBO and NBAS but we invite all practitioners and researchers who wish to use these approaches to deepen their understanding of newborn behaviour and early parent-infant relationships.

For further information please contact Kevin Nugent at and/or Joanna Hawthorne

To register your interest for this meeting please contact Andrea Green at

World Association of Infant Mental Health Congress 14th-18th June, 2014, Edinburgh
Babies: Their contributions, Our responsibility
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