Every baby is different and has many ways to tell us what they would like us to do.

Welcome to the Brazelton Centre UK

Our Mission Statement

The Brazelton Centre UK is a charity whose primary goals are to promote an understanding of baby behaviour and development and to foster strong infant-parent relationships by focusing attention on parents’ needs and the important role their babies play in cementing healthy infant-parent relationships. It is based on the pioneering work of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Emeritus Paediatrician, Harvard Medical School. His colleague, Professor J. Kevin Nugent, Psychologist, wrote the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale with Dr. Brazelton and developed the Neonatal Behavioural Observations systems with other colleagues.

Supporting Practitioners

Our Centre facilitates communication amongst practitioners involved in clinical work with infants and families and in research on infant development and infant-parent issues. There are currently 4 centres worldwide that teach both the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Neonatal Behavioural Observations (NBO) systems. There is a worldwide network of NBAS and NBO trainers, who hold regular meetings to develop the courses and engage in research

We run two-day NBAS and NBO courses for practitioners, teaching them about baby behaviour in order to enhance their skills in supporting parents through their baby.

We also offer training and advice to researchers. Our approach is strength-based and collaborative as we share the wonderful abilities of babies from birth to 3 months old with parents.

Supporting Parents

We aim to support parents in understanding how their babies communicate. Research shows that supporting parents in the antenatal and postnatal period can prevent difficult relationships forming, and possibly prevent symptoms of postnatal depression developing. Parents may contact our Centre if they would like a Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) or Neonatal Behavioural Observation (NBO) session with their baby, which can often help them to understand what their baby is saying.

Understanding Baby Behaviour

The Brazelton NBAS and NBO are recommended in the:

  • Healthy Child Programme, 2009 by the Department of Health, UK
  • National Health Visiting Specification UK, 2014-2015
  • 1001 Critical Days Coalition (www.1001criticaldays.co.uk)

Recommendations for understanding baby behaviour in order to support parents exist in the:

  • Welsh Assembly ‘Flying Start’ programme
  • Scottish Government ‘Heads Up’ programme
  • NICE Guidelines
  • Maternity Matters, Skills for Health – Midwifery competencies
“It is time to think about the competence and the excitement that a newborn brings to his or her parents and to prepare parents for understanding their baby’s individuality at birth.” Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Emeritus Paediatrician, Harvard Medical School