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.

We know that pregnancy and the first years of parenting are ‘a teachable moment’ when mothers and fathers are exceptionally open to making changes in their lives.
As a reader of the IJBPE, you are someone who wants to make a difference to children’s lives by using your knowledge and skills to educate and support mothers and fathers as they make the transition to parenthood.

Inside the IJBPE, you will find:

• What leading academics across the world are saying about parent education in the very early years
• How health and social care practitioners are translating new knowledge into best practice
• What the policy makers are saying about systems to support and educate new parents and those working with them

The IJBPE is essentially a Journal for professionals who are out there in the community, or who are planning a career working with mothers and fathers in the earliest years of their children’s lives. At the end of each year, the Journal’s 4 issues will have updated you on the latest thinking and the very best practice in parent education and support. You will be inspired to continue to support new mothers and fathers to the best of your ability, in the knowledge that it is parents who shape their children’s futures.

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Sleep in early childhood: The role of bedtime routines

Sleep in early childhood: The role of bedtime routines

Sleep changes rapidly from several shorter periods over 24 hours in the first weeks of life to one nap and one long period of sleep at night by age three. 

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Preparing women for home birth

Preparing women for home birth

This article outlines some of the issues involved for women and their partners in deciding whether or not to plan a homebirth.

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1000 Days: The beginning of a child’s right to health

1000 Days: The beginning of a child’s right to health

Dan Irvine, Senior Director, Sustainable Health, World Vision International, discusses international policy and strategy for promoting the health and wellbeing of all the world’s young children.

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 What's in the  Spring Issue - Volume 6 Issue 3
The Thousand Critical Days:
Education and support for parents across the globe


    Learning across the globe
    Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief and Cheryll Adams, Director of the Institute of Health Visiting, UK

GUEST Editorial
    1000 Days: The beginning of a child’s right to health
    Dan Irvine, Senior Director, Sustainable Health, World Vision International

GUEST Editorial
    Realising the potential of fathers to improve the wellbeing of families
    Melanie Swan, Global Technical Lead for Early Childhood Development, Plan International
    Kate Doyle, Senior Programme Officer, Promundo

GUEST Editorial
    Maternal deaths represent the canary in the coal mine for women’s health
    Eugene Declercq, Boston University School of Public Health; Founder of Birth by the Numbers, USA
    Neel Shah, Harvard Medical School; Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs, USA


Parenting programme in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya: Priority needs and identification of delivery platforms
    Amina Abubakar, Institute for Human     Development, Aga Khan University, Nairobi
    Vibian Angwenyi, Institute for Human Development, Aga Khan University, Nairobi
    Margaret Kabue, Institute for Human Development, Aga Khan University, Nairobi
    Linlin Zhang, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Canada
    AKU-AHD Research Group

A playbox intervention in health facility waiting rooms in Mozambique: Improving caregivers’ knowledge, skills and communication with health professionals
    Svetlana Karuskina-Drivdale, Regional Early Childhood Development Advisor, PATH, Mozambique
    Nami Kawakyu, Managing Director, Kawakyu Consulting / Research Analyst, University of Washington, USA
    Félix Mulhanga, Pedagogic University, Mozambique

 Infant Mental Health in Africa: Developing a Master’s programme that addresses the need for Afrocentric training
    Astrid Berg, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, University of Cape Town; Stellenbosch University, South Africa
    Anusha Lachman, Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Putting families first: A strengths-based approach to serving families with young children
    Catherine Moher, Gerrard Resource Centre, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Premature birth and Indigenous Australians: A commentary
    Rosemarie Hogan, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney
    Angela Philips, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney
    Janet Green, Former Course Coordinator, Postgraduate Neonatal Nursing, University of Technology Sydney
    Fiona Orr, University of Technology Sydney
    Doug Elliott, University of Technology Sydney
    Cathrine Fowler, University of Technology Sydney

Sharing the science of child brain development: Describing key concepts around neuroscience using metaphors
    Ruth Ball, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) UK, Senior Analyst
    Emily Dobson, NSPCC UK, Evaluation Officer
    Bernadette Taylor, NSPCC UK, Evaluation Officer
    Neel Parti, NSPCC UK, Senior Analyst

Infant and young child wellbeing: Home visiting in Kazakhstan to support families for nurturing care
    Bettina Schwethelm, Director, MCH – ECD Consulting
    Deepa Grover, Senior Advisor – Early Childhood Development, UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
    Aleksandra Jovic, Early Childhood Development Specialist, UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
    Larissa Tikhonova, Patronage Nursing System Consultant, UNICEF Kazakhstan
    Kanat Sukhanberdiyev, Health and Nutrition Officer, UNICEF Kazakhstan

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  • Previous Issues
    Volume 1

    Previous IssuesVolume 1
    Issue 2 - Focus on Education for Birth
    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?'

    Issue 4 - Focus on preconception education, FASD, and prematurity

  • Previous Issues
    Volume 5

    Previous IssuesVolume 5
    Issue 1 - Focus on School Readiness
    Supplement No.3: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 3 ‘The Relationship with the Unborn Baby: Why it Matters’

    Issue 2 - Focus on Fostering and Adoption


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