- NBAS and NBO Trainer
- Profession – Health Visiting
- Current Role – Infant Parent Mental Health Specialist, Infant Parent Mental Health Specialist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Avon Wiltshire Partnership, Bristol
- Trainer Since – 2011
I come from a farming family in Shropshire originally, leaving home to venture off to Manchester University. My Degree was in Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing, over four years. With pauses to have three children I have worked for the NHS since 1984, in several different areas of England. While my own children were young, I qualified and worked as a volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor with the National Childbirth Trust.
I learned about the Brazelton Approach after the Millennium, and was completely bowled over by how much sense it made. Having worked as a Health visitor for a long time, it was an absolute revolution to find out how ‘preventative’ health care had focused on physical well-being. We were not then thinking enough about the psychological aspects of life, especially around childbirth. Since then, this has been my great interest.
I studied for a Masters degree in infant Mental Health with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust from 2004, learning to put very detailed observation as a way of intervening to recognise and address care-giving needs for individual babies and their families.
in 2004 I became an Infant -Parent Mental Health Specialist within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in North Bristol. This work aims to intervene early to help parents with very young children understand and appreciate the human emotional connectedness their own children strive for, and which we all seek and need, so that they can enjoy positive, attuned relationships in their lives. With good supervision and support I continue to develop in this role.
It has been a great honour to work in the Brazelton Community in the UK. It amazes and humbles me constantly to learn about what babies can do – from their beginnings.
From 2011 I have been a Brazelton Trainer offering Newborn Behaviour Observation and Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale training. This gives the opportunity to meet committed people working with families in the transition to parenthood, all over the country, who want to understand how to support families in more effective and hopeful ways.