Enabling 21st Century Parents: Understanding Family and Community Relationships

Last Thursday, 23rd March 2017, the Maternity & the Newborn Forum (Royal Society of Medicine) held a conference in association with the Brazelton Centre UK: “Enabling 21st century parents: understanding family and community relationships”.

It was a very interesting day with diverse contributions from leading and inspiring experts in the field of parenting, exploring community practice and reviewing cutting edge research around how best to support parent-infant and child relationships.

Parenting in the UK today: Conflicts and capabilities - Professor Penelope Leach, Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care, Winchester University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck, University of London.

Mindfulness and parenting - Dr Maret Dymond, Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Teacher and Trainer, The Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

The Brazelton Touchpoints approach to supporting the social-emotional health of young children and their parents - Dr Jayne Singer, Clinical Psychologist, Touchpoints, Boston, MA

Mother-infant brain synchronicity : Implications for early learning - Dr Vicky Leong, Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Minding the baby- Professor Elizabeth Meins, Professor of Psychology, University of York

It takes a village: Working with children, families and communities in 'a better start' - Chris Cuthbert, Director of Development, Big Lottery Fund

The feedback from the participants was extremely positive, and some of the comments received are shown below:

“I loved the variety of speakers/areas covered from 'hard' science to Policies/projects, from mindfulness to hearing about practical methods in Touchpoints. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would love the same kind of variety in the future. Thank you so much.”
“This was one of the best Conferences I have attended, as all the speakers were excellent, and their talks contributed to the knowledge practitioners and commissioners need about parents, babies and children.”
“I felt privileged to get the opportunity to listen to works class speakers at the cutting edge of research and practice.”

To close this inspiring day, there was a reception, celebrating The Brazelton Centre’s 20th anniversary. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this remarkable meeting!

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