DescriptionThe Newborn Behavior Observation (NBO)™ System is an infant-centered, infant-centered tool family-oriented and relationship-based, designed to educate parents about the skills and individuality of their baby, in order to promote positive parent-infant interactions and contribute to the development of positive parent-infant relationship from the beginning (Nugent, Keefer, Minear, Johnson., & Blanchard, 2007). NBO is therefore inherently interactive and family-centered, such that parents are involved in as partners in the NBO session. The clinician maintains a collaborative position towards the parents during the session, which ends with the clinician and parents developing a joint care plan for the infant by identifying the techniques most likely to promote positive parent-infant interaction.
A skills-based tool
NBO is competency-based and is primarily guided by the principle that quality of first experiences stimulates brain development and functional outcomes. It can be used to support parents at a time when the very foundations of parental functioning are established. It describes the infant's abilities so that parents can begin to see their baby as a person, to better appreciate their baby's unique skills and vulnerabilities and to learn to understand and respond to their baby in a way that meets the baby's unique developmental needs.
Additionally, NBO can easily be integrated into a range of clinical practices and is used in hospitals, clinics or home visits by pediatric professionals such as nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers, midwives, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, doulas, pediatric life specialists, lactation specialists, home visitors and other early intervention professionals.
The training is organized by
1) Dr. Marie St-Hilaire, Neonatologist, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital
2) Isabelle Milette, IPSNN, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital
3) in collaboration with Yvette Blanchard, director of the NBAS program and NBO trainer at the Brazelton Institute at Boston Children Hospital