Neonatal Course Evaluation OfficerView Bio
I trained as a State Registered Nurse way back in 1978, specialising in Paediatrics and Intensive Care Nursing. After returning from maternity leave, I found myself working and loving Special Care Baby Unit. I undertook ‘The Intensive Care of the Newborn Course’ and spent many happy years in this environment. As a (very) mature student I decided to study for a midwifery degree in Cambridge and worked at The Rosie Hospital Transitional Care Ward where I combined my love of premature babies and postnatal care.
While at The Rosie Hospital, in my role as a midwife, I had been involved with Joanna Hawthorne and the Brazelton Centre UK by helping trainees access appropriate newborn babies who would benefit from either the NBAS or NBO. After retiring in 2012 the most sensible thing to do was to apply for a post at the Brazelton Centre UK which was moving to new offices in the centre of Cambridge. I now work part time and am responsible for evaluating, providing feedback and certifying all new NBO trainees.
I also enjoy being part of the Brazelton team as we exhibit and spread the NBO/NBAS word at various conferences all round the country.
It has been wonderful to witness how the Brazelton Centre UK has evolved over the years, building up to the brilliant team we have today and with so much more to look forward to.
Training ManagerView Bio
Tiffany Kerr is the Brazelton Centre UK’s Training Manager. She organises all the logistics for the Brazelton Centre UK’s NBO and NBAS courses across the UK and internationally.
Her role includes managing all enquiries from all of the Centre’s NHS, public and private healthcare clients. She manages the Centre’s training schedule and administration for all the courses provided.
Communications and Engagement CoordinatorView Bio
With a special interest in the parent-infant relationship before birth and in the first months of life, I have enjoyed a variety of rich experiences and roles in my working life so far!
My professional background is midwifery and I have many fond memories of my training in London. As well as delivering babies, I enjoyed placements in the neonatal unit, the perinatal mental health team and on a maternity helpline. When my training was completed I moved to Cambridge and enjoyed working at The Rosie Maternity Hospital.
I was privileged following my time in midwifery to be involved in carrying out a research study at the University of Cambridge studying brain-to-brain neural synchrony between infants and adults and how this supports early learning. We were delighted to have the paper published (in 2017) in the PNAS Journal.
After a short interlude working in a local nursery, I joined the Brazelton Centre UK in 2016 and was thrilled to learn all about baby behaviour (I wish I’d known all about it as a midwife!). As well as certifying in the NBO in my first year, I had the opportunity to organise the 20th anniversary celebrations of the centre which included a large conference with many influential speakers.
My role now at the centre is focused on marketing and communications to tell the world about how babies communicate and the difference the NBO and NBAS make to professional practice. I greatly enjoy this role as it really appeals to my creative side, especially having the opportunity to lead on a re-brand of the charity, designing and producing literature and create a new website.
Outside of work, I am a very happy mother to Amber who is 1 yrs and can’t wait to get travelling again with her and my husband when the day comes!
I joined the Brazelton Centre as Director in 2021 but have been a trainer since 2009. I am certified in the NBAS, NBO and the Touchpoints Model.
I have worked as a Registered nurse (1995) and Health visitor (2000) with a special interest in perinatal health. I also have a Masters in Infant Mental Health at the Tavistock Clinic, London.
Since becoming a Health Visitor I have felt passionate about the emotional wellbeing of babies and their parents. My focus has been about the importance of the earliest relationship between the baby and their caregiver both through direct clinical work with families but also through training professionals working with infants and their families.
Some other achievements have been:
- Lead for health in a collaborative initiative between Public Health – Health Visiting and Action for Children (UK children’s charity) to lead an approach which aimed to address the health needs in the community.
- Champion for perinatal maternal and infant mental health in Devon, supporting development of pathways, collaborative working and delivering training to the Public Health Nursing team across Devon.
- Setup a NBO Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2019 and have delivered training to a variety of professionals across Denmark since 2014.
- In cooperation with Aarhus University, Faculty of Health, participated as an NBO trainer in a RCT study in Early contact – presence and relationship 2016-2018) This study is using the NBO as an intervention in comparison groups.
I live in Devon with my husband, two dogs and cat. I have two adult children.
Operations ManagerView Bio
Samita Patkar is the Brazelton Centre UK’s Operational Manager.
Her role is mainly to implement the right processes and practices for the centre. It also includes managing finances, improving performance, resources planning and securing compliance. She will also support the Director in formulating strategy and governance for the centre.
Prior to joining Brazelton, she worked in financial services industry and has extensive experience in operations and delivering change projects. She is passionate about being instrumental in setting up Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in her previous organisation.