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.

Hazards and hopes in the early years

Hazards and hopes in the early years

Whenever a new baby arrives on the scene, it is stressful for the family. 

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Understanding and responding to excessive crying

Understanding and responding to excessive crying

Excessive crying in early infancy is associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes for babies and their families.

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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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 What's in the  Winter Issue - Volume 5 Issue 2
Focus on fostering and adoption



Supporting adoptive parents to provide a forever home

Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

GUEST Editorials

A guide to attachment for foster carers

John Timpson, CBE, Chairman Timpson Limited

Foster care: The importance of commitment

Matt Forde, Head of Service, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Scotland


Early education as an intervention for children looked after

Sandra Mathers, Senior Researcher, University of Oxford, UK
Rebecca Tracz, Research Assistant, University of Oxford, UK

Art and Music Therapy with adopted children under five

Jasmine Chin, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Rosie Hayes, Music Therapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Lucy Orchard, Art Psychotherapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Cerrita Smith, Music Therapist, Parenting  and 
Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK
Nicky Sutton, Art Psychotherapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Katherine Walters, Senior Music Therapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Early placement therapy: Supporting adoptive parents in creating a secure attachment relationship with their young child

Anna C. Kelley, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Tulane University, USA

Devi Miron Murphy, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane School of Medicine, USA

Good practice in parent and child fostering

Nikki Luke, Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, University of Oxford, UK

Paul Adams, CoramBAAF (British Agency for Adoption and Fostering)
The attachment-related benefits of animal companions in foster care
Sam Carr, Department of Education, University of Bath, UK


Implementing Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up with foster parents

Stevie S. Schein, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, USA

Amanda H. Costello, Clinical Scientist, University of Delaware, USA

Caroline K.P. Roben, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, USA

Mary Dozier, Amy E. du Pont Chair of Child Development, University of Delaware, USA

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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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