Welcome to the Brazelton Centre UK


Understanding baby behaviour


“It is time to think about the competence and the excitement that a newborn brings to his or her parents and to prepare parents for understanding their baby’s individuality at birth.” Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Emeritus Paediatrician, Harvard Medical School


We aim to support parents in understanding how their babies communicate.

Every baby is different and has many ways to tell us what they would like us to do.

Research shows that supporting parents in the antenatal and postnatal period can prevent difficult relationships forming, and possibly prevent symptoms of postnatal depression developing (Nugent.)


We teach courses about baby behaviour to practitioners in order to enhance their skills in supporting parents through their baby.  Our approach is strength-based and collaborative as we share the wonderful abilities of babies from birth to 3 months old with parents.

Parents may also contact our Centre if they would like an NBAS or NBO session with their baby.

Baby’s foot in mother hands.

The Brazelton NBAS and NBO are recommended in the:

Healthy Child Programme, 2009 by the Department of Health, UK

National Health Visiting Specification UK,  2014-2015

1001 Critical Days Coalition (www.1001criticaldays.co.uk)

Recommendations for understanding baby behaviour in order to support parents exist in the:
Welsh Assembly – Flying Start programme
Scottish Government Heads Up programme
NICE Guidelines

Maternity Matters, Skills for Health – Midwifery competencies