Anulika Ifezue

  • NBAS and NBO Trainer
  • Profession – Health Visiting
  • Current Role – Specialist Health Visitor and Lead for Perinatal and Infant mental Health
  • Trainer since – 2019
  • Why I love working as a trainer – It is rewarding to see trainees go from ‘not being so sure’ about NBO to understanding and developing the enthusiasm as they reflect on some of their families that would benefited from NBO and how they will use it in practice

 

I qualified as a nurse in 1990 and as a midwife in 1992. From the time I went into nursing school I took special interest in preventive health. Post qualification I worked for few years in acute care to consolidate my practice before going back to the university to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Public health Nursing and graduated in 1999. Post qualification I had the opportunity to work in the areas of health promotion, maternal and child health and hospital-based nursing.  In 2005 I went back to the University to study for a Master’s degree in Public Health Nursing specialising in Health Visiting. I have since worked as a health visitor, a Practice Teacher and currently as a specialist health visitor and lead for perinatal and infant mental health.

I came across professor Brazelton’s work while trying to understand the concept of Reciprocity during Solihull Approach training. I became a trainer in Solihull Approach in 2013 and have used a lot of the concepts developed by Professor Brazelton in delivering trainings and in my professional practice.

I trained on the New Born Assessment Scale (NBAS) in 2014 and I found it useful for supporting parents early through the journey of becoming new parents and getting to know and understand their babies. Subsequently I trained in the New Born Observation (NBO). Both NBO and NBAS transformed my practice.  I use both NBO and NBAS in professional and policy development. It is very useful in supporting practitioners to gain understanding of infant mental health, responsive parenting and early intervention.  Both NBO and NBAS are very easy to use in practice. It is strength based and allows for practitioner flexibility while still adhering to the core principles. As a health visitor I can say that the Brazelton Model shows so much about a baby which would have been missed if practitioners only talked and advised parents about their babies without allowing them to see what the babies are bringing into the relationship.