Training & Certifying in the NBO

We offer training and certification in the NBO system for practitioners, giving them enhanced knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting parent-baby relationships. Read more below about the process on how you can achieve your certification through our course or click the button to book now.



The NBO Course and Certification

We will give you thorough teaching and support to guide you to feel confident and ready to use the NBO tool.

For more information about the NBO tool and using the NBO tool, click here.

Please note that an NBO certificate does not entitle the person to train others in the NBO.  The NBO can only be taught by trainers who have been approved and trained by the Brazelton Centre.

✔ Step 1

Before arriving on the course please complete all the pre-course work on our learning management system TalentLMS which you will be given access to.

✔ Step 2.

2 day training course (content remains the same for in-person and online courses)

We offer our NBO Course Online: Read More

This covers the background and content of the NBO through presentations, interactive exercises and a live demonstration with a newborn baby and their parents*.

*Please note, the trainer demonstration of the NBO with a parent and baby has been suspended for the time being. A selection of videos showing the NBO will be played instead. 

By the end of this training course practitioners will:

  • Understand how newborn babies communicate
  • Know about different behavioural states of infants
  • Understand infants’ self-regulatory behaviours
  • Know the signs of overstimulation or need for a break
  • Learn soothing techniques to console the baby
  • Understand how to support parents in a strength-based way, taking into consideration the parents’ needs

Please note that participants will need to bring (have to hand for online courses) a doll to work with, such as the dolls used for infant massage.

View an example Programme for the NBO Certification Course

You will receive your CPD certificate and points after attending the course.

✔ Step 3.

Practice Phase and Support

Carry out 5 practice NBO sessions with full-term babies and their parents. Document each session on the recording forms.  We have free online NBO practice support sessions which you can join to support you towards certification and beyond certification too! See more about our support sessions here.

✔ Step 4.


When you are ready, send in the recording forms from your 5 practice NBO sessions to our Neonatal Evaluation Officer who will study your forms to check you have demonstrated understanding of the tool. You may be asked to do some more practice sessions.  Once approved you will receive your NBO certificate in the post!


Training Fee


Fee includes

  • 2 day course
  • NBO kit (provided at the training or posted to you if an online course)
  • Unlimited post-training support through our online support sessions

Please note: The NBO Handbook (‘Understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships: The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook’) is no longer included as part of the training materials provided.  If you would like a copy of this book here are some suggestions on where to source the book (ISBN 978-1557668837):

  • Blackwell’s
  • Amazon
  • Your local Library
  • Ebay

*A cancellation charge (up to 100% of the booking fee) may apply if a training place is cancelled less than two months from the date on which the training is scheduled to take place.

If there are 15 or more people interested in training, we can come to you. Learn about Group Bookings using the button below.