Healthy Families staff members attended a two-day Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) training

This past weekend, three Healthy Families staff members attended a two-day Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) training that was hosted by the Austen Riggs Center. 30 care providers who specifically work with parents of newborns in South Berkshire County were invited to attend this training, including pediatricians, maternity nurses from Fairview Hospital, visiting nurses, mental health practitioners, and various home visiting programs that serve South County, including our Healthy Families program.

It was a room filled with rich and varied experience and this only added to the already fabulous training. The NBO system is an interactive relationship-building tool designed to strengthen the relationship between infants and parents beginning in the newborn period through the first three months of life, during that key and pivotal transition time. The training was led by Dr. J. Kevin Nugent, director of the Brazelton Institute in Boston and co-developer of the NBO system, and Dr. Claudia Gold, pediatrician and the Infant-Parent Mental Health Specialist at the Austen Riggs Center