The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education is a quarterly publication focusing on policy, research and best practice in parent support and education from pregnancy to two.

Essential reading for all educators, academics, professionals and volunteers working in the very early years, it offers the latest evidence about foetal and infant development; analyses early years policy; presents evidence-based parent education programmes and teaching and learning activities for parenting groups;  covers the needs of parents facing specific challenges; and focuses on the baby’s earliest relationships. The Journal maintains an international focus with articles from birth and parenting educators and scholars from across the world.

 Whats in the  Spring Issue - Volume 4 Issue 3



Inequalities in  parenting
Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

GUEST Editorial
The impact of the refugee experience on children’s development
Alison Prowle and Janet Harvell, Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester, UK

GUEST Editorial
Generational crime prevention
Jack Rowlands, Police Inspector


Group intervention to treat fear of childbirth with psycho-education and relaxation exercises
Rikka Toivanen, Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Terhi Saisto, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Helsinki University and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland; Hanna Rouhe, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Helsinki University and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland


Perinatal education needs of imprisoned mothers and fathers
    Denise Coster, Senior Evaluation Officer, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), UK; Helen Brookes, Evaluation Officer, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), UK

Supporting young mothers
    Miriam Donaghy, UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Director of MumsAid; Sarah McGuiness & Kate Smith, Senior Psychotherapists, YoungMumsAid


Video Interaction Guidance: Promoting secure attachment and optimal development for children, parents and professionals
Hilary Kennedy, Educational Psychologist, VIG Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer, UK

Being a military child: Guidance for engagement and early intervention with military families
Adele Lake, Social Worker, Children’s Safeguarding Team, Wiltshire, UK; Camilla Rosan, Head of Programme for Families, Children and Young People, Mental Health Foundation, UK


Mellow Futures: An adapted perinatal programme for parents with learning difficulties and disabilities
Beth Tarleton, Senior Research Fellow, Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK
Christine Puckering, Programme Director, Mellow Parenting

Mellow Futures – A facilitator’s perspective
Kristin O’Neill, Project Co-ordinator, Mellow Futures


Australian Red Cross Young Parents Program: A unique model of holistic, child-centred family preservation
Sophie Mackey, Program Manager, Young Parents Program

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  • Previous Issues
    Volume 1

    Previous IssuesVolume 1
    Issue 2 - Focus on Education for Birth
    Issue 3 - Championing Education For The Very Early Years
    Issue 3 - Focus on Fathers
    Issue 4 - Focus on Nuturing and Nutrition
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 2

    Previous IssuesVolume 2
    Issue 1 - Focus on Play
    Issue 2 - Focus on Sleep and Soothing
    Issue 3 - Focus on Parents and Children with Learning Disabilities
    Issue 4 - Focus on Education for Calm Parenting
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 3

    Previous IssuesVolume 3
    Issue 1 - Open Focus

    Issue 2 - Focus on Family Nurse Partnership/ Nurse-Family Partnership

    Issue 3 - Focus on Relationships
    Supplement No.1: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 1 ‘Improving Relationships in the Perinatal Period: What Works?’

    Issue 4 - Focus on Preparation and Support for Labour and Birth?
    Supplement: 2016 IJBPE Conference ‘Parent Education Today: Walking the Walk’. Practice Pointers from the Conference Workshops
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 4

    Previous IssuesVolume 4
    Issue 1 - Focus on Attachment
    Supplement No.2: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 2 ‘Improving Attachment in Babies: What Works?’

    Issue 2 - Focus on Peer Support

    Issue 3 - Focus on Parenting in Difficult Circumstances
    Supplement No.3: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 3 'Antenatal Anxiety and Depression: What Should We Be Doing?'


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