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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They illustrate some of the topics that the Journal covers and the way in which it covers them. We hope you find them interesting, informative and accessible.

Perinatal education needs of imprisoned mothers and fathers

Perinatal education needs of imprisoned mothers and fathers

Pregnant women and fathers-to-be in the prison system are a very vulnerable group with a wide range of needs which makes it important that they receive good quality perinatal education

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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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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  Summer Issue - Volume 6 Issue 4
Focus on: Early Education


Building happy healthy lives
Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

GUEST Editorial
Early Education: Under threat?
Beatrice Merrick, Chief Executive of Early Education, UK

GUEST Editorial
The best start matters: From strategy to ‘principled’ practice in Early Childhood Education
Milica Atanackovic, Training & Practice Manager, Early Childhood Ireland


A relationship-based framework for early childhood media use
Jenny S. Radesky, Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics,
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor MI, USA
Katherine Rosenblum, Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor MI, USA

Supporting language in the home
Elias Blinkoff, Department of Psychology at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., Professor and the Stanley and
Debra Lefkowitz Distinguished Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

How to support multilingual families in the very early years
Lisa-Maria Müller, University of Cambridge, UK

Musical experiences at home with under 3s
Nicola Burke, Early Childhood Musical Consultant

’50 Things To Do Before You’re Five’: A non-judgemental approach to enhancing home learning environments
Andrea Layzell, Workforce Development Leader, 50 Things Project Lead, Bradford, UK

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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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