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Understanding Newborn Behavior and Early Relationships
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This book shows professionals who support the families of newborns how to strengthen the infant-parent relationship through use of an observational tool and information on child development and infant mental health. The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system is an individualized infant-focused, family-centered observational tool designed to be used by practitioners to describe an infant's competencies and individuality. Its goal is to strengthen the relationship between parent and child and to promote the development of a supportive relationship between clinician and family. This book presents the NBO system (a set of 18 items), its content and uses, the theoretical framework on which it is based, and a set of clinical guidelines for its use as an educational tool with families beginning in the newborn period. The accompanying DVD, which demonstrates the 18 items and looks at different settings, families, and clinicians, can be used for training or with families.
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Table of Contents

The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System and the Theoretical and Clinical Principles Underlying Its Use; The Newborn Parent: Promoting the Parent-Infant Relationship through the NBO; The NBO Manual: Administration, Recording, Interpretation, Developmental Course and Implications for Caregiving; Communication for Relationship: Working with Parents and Their Infants in the Newborn Period; Incorporating the NBO into the Newborn Nursery Setting; Uses of the NBO with Preterm or Medically Fragile Infants.; The NBO in Clinical Settings: Nursing Perspectives; Cultural Considerations in the Use of the NBO.

About the Author

J. Kevin Nugent is Director of the Brazelton Institute, Children's Hospital Boston, in Massachusetts. Constance H. Keefer is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Child Development Unit, in Massachusetts. Susan O'Brien is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, in Massachusetts. Lise Johnson is Director of Well Newborn Nurseries, Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. Yvette Blanchard is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, University of Hartford, in Connecticut. Matthew Lee is a photographer for The Boston Globe newspaper.

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"A valuable resource for any clinician seeking to enhance the engagement of new parents with their infants." --Leslie Sanders, R.N., BSN

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