While babies may not speak their first word for a year, they are born ready to communicate with a rich vocabulary of body movements, cries and visual responses: all part of the complex language of infant behaviour. But how can we make sense of a language that we ourselves may not have spoken since our earliest moments?

The Brazelton Centre UK provides training on the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) and the Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) system, since 1997.  

We are very pleased to host our 20th Anniversary Conference in September this year.

National Courses

  • Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS)



    The NBAS is an assessment of newborn babies and is suitable for those practitioners or researchers who want a detailed look at baby behaviour. The NBAS identifies behavioural states, neurodevelopmental systems and self-regulatory abilities of newborns from birth to 2 months old. There is self-practice phase on up to 25 babies, in order to achieve over 90% reliability on scoring for certification.

  • Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)

    London (Royal Society of Medicine)


    The NBO is a relationship-building tool between parent and baby and parent and practitioner suitable for babies from birth to 3 months old. It highlights baby behaviour, looking at sleep and crying like the NBAS, and helps parents to identify the kind of support the baby needs for successful growth and development. It also helps practitioners know what areas are need for support of the parent-baby relationship. There is self-practice on 5 babies and evaluation of the recording forms for completion.

  • 20th Anniversary Conference



    Celebrating 20 years of the Brazelton Centre UK: How the NBAS, NBO and Touchpoints contribute to our understanding of newborns. Keynote speaker: Professor Kevin Nugent, author of the NBO.