Rita Al-Minyawi

  • NBAS and NBO Trainer
  • Profession – Neonatal Nursing
  • Current Role – Senior Neonatal Nurse, Rosie Hospital, CUH
  • Trainer Since – 2013
  • Why I love being a Brazelton Trainer: – I love seeing the passion and excitement in trainees at the start of their Brazelton journey!

I found the NBAS or it found me while doing a google search for Ballards ( a neonatal gestational assessment tool) in 2005 in Abu Dhabi at end of 2005. Brazelton and the NBAS seemed to have all the answers for enriching our work with babies and families. Within 4 months, our team two neonatologists and two neonatal nurses travelled to Cambridge and trained in the NBAS with Joanna at the Rosie hospital in 2006. We met Dr Brazelton the following year in Cambridge and received our NBAS certificates from him. Profound and life changing. Thank you Dr B!

I trained in the NBAS in 2006 while working in Abu Dhabi UAE certifying in 2007. With a team of neonatologists and neonatal nurses, we used the NBAS mainly as a supportive intervention on the neonatal unit. I facilitated training and workshops for the first time in UAE, with 8 NBAS certified and a further 12 trained in a 2-year period.

I moved to Cambridge in 2008 to take up a position on the Neonatal Unit at the Rosie Hospital and established a similar protocol of using the NBAS primarily with High Risk babies as a supportive early intervention prior to discharge home. Presentation of a poster at WAIHM Edinburgh 2014 highlighted this work.

My focus has been working with families using NBAS/NBO on the unit and advocating for more training. Currently (2018) up to 20 healthcare professionals have trained or are in training in NBAS/ NBO at the Rosie, ranging from consultant neonatologists to nursery nurses.

As a trainer, through training days, workshops and seminars, I have been fortunate to be able to share this wonderful way of working with families in UK, Egypt and United Arab Emirates. With my interest in neurodevelopmental outcomes, I am also trained in Bayley Infant and Toddler Assessment Scale (3rd Edition).