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.

FREE Articles from the IJBPE

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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.

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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Daddy’s Funny Father’s playfulness with young children

Daddy’s Funny Father’s playfulness with young children

Children’s play with fathers can be raucous, vigorous and stimulating.

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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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 What's in the  Autumn Issue - Volume 6 Issue 1
Focus on Breastfeeding, Sleep & Routines


Helping new parents survive in a confusing world
Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

GUEST Editorial
Long and winding road: From neuroscience to policy, program and practice
Bruce Perry, Senior Fellow at the Child Trauma Academy, Chicago, USA

Annette Jackson, Berry Street Childhood Institute, Victoria, Australia

GUEST Editorial
Does breastfeeding really belong on the school curriculum?
Amy Brown, Professor of Child Public Health, Swansea University, UK


Infant sleep and feeding in evolutionary perspective
Alanna E.F. Rudzik, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, State University of New York College at Oneonta, USA

Sleep in early childhood: The role of bedtime routines
Angela D. Staples, Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University, USA
Leah LaLonde, Doctoral Fellow, Eastern Michigan University, USA

Baby Sleep Info Source: Basis
Helen Ball, Professor of Anthropology, Director of Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, Durham University, UK

Helping local leaders to keep Mums and Babies in Mind
Sally Hogg, Consultant working in Children’s Services and Strategic Lead for the ‘Mums and Babies in Mind’ project, UK

Training peer supporters in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
Monika Celebi, Video Interaction Guider, Trainer and Supervisor
Faye Cox, Parents1st Data and Office Administrator
Chantelle Hinds, Parents1st Peer Support Worker
Celia Suppiah, Chief Executive Officer – Founder of Parents1st
Debbie Taylor, Parents1st Peer Support Worker


The Possums Sleep Program: Supporting easy, healthy parent-infant sleep
Pamela Douglas, Medical Director, Possums Education, Brisbane, Australia

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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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