The IJBPE focuses on education and support for parents in the context of the critical 1000 days, covering pre-conception, pregnancy, labour, birth, perinatal mental health, infant feeding, early child development and parenting programmes.
Pregnancy and the first years of parenting are ‘a teachable moment’ when mothers and fathers are exceptionally open to making changes in their lives. Our readership comprises professional and lay people who want to make a difference to children’s lives by using their knowledge and skills to educate and support mothers and fathers as they make the transition to parenthood.
The Journal demonstrates how research can be applied in practice and every issue supports CDP via a reflective activity to engage readers more closely with the content of the articles.
Home birth is controversial in the United States. A recent study conducted by midwives, obstetricians and epidemiologists from the University of British Columbia and Bastyr University in Washington found that a planned home birth with a licensed midwife is as safe as giving birth at a licensed birth centre.
Research from the United States’ Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has shown that episodes of maternal stress or depression during pregnancy are associated with chemical modifications to placental genes.
Plant-based diets, where foods and drinks based on or containing animal derived ingredients are avoided, have become increasingly popular.
This study, by the Editor, Mary Nolan, explored the experiences of antenatal educators of facilitating online sessions during the Covid crisis.
Babies like listening to people speaking to them, preferring this above all else complex sounds and are capable of soliciting, reciprocating or ignoring adult communications as they feel fit.
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